RUGBY TORNADO: Buildings damaged as high winds strike Overslade and New Bilton

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A NUMBER of properties in Rugby have suffered structural damage as a result of a mini tornado last night (Wednesday).

One house in Adams Street is reported to have had the roof blown off, and another suffered extensive damage when wind blew the chimney stack down as high winds struck at about 6pm.

The Met Office later said that it was a funnel wind and possibly a tornado.

In Lawford Road, Rugby residents reported having the tiles blown from their roofs as a result of the powerful gusts.

Telephone lines have also been blown down in the high winds, which some residents are describing as like a “mini tornado”.

As a result of the wind damage motorists and pedestrians are advised to be aware of debris from the buildings which has been blown into surrounding streets.

The County Buildings Inspector has been called to assess the structural damage to the buildings.

Police officers attended the damaged buildings but thankfully there are no reports of any injuries to residents at any of the properties.

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