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Cars and homes damaged by tornado

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Cars and buildings suffered damage as a tornado ripped thorough Hampshire, accompanied by strong winds and torrential rain.

There were no injuries, but police said scores of people called to report uprooted trees falling on properties and vehicles and on roads.

The tornado was said to have moved from Romsey, across to Winchester and east to the Petersfield and Liss area. Around 25 trees were reported down and power lines were hit.

One caller from Twyford near Winchester told the operator of "total carnage across the road", while an elderly person suffered shock after witnessing the tornado go past

Samantha Pritchard, a shop worker from Twyford Post Office, said: "All the leaves were swirling around in circles in the road and it was raining so heavily we could not see. There were also trees knocked down further up the road."

A spokeswoman for the Met office said they had also received several reports about damage cause by a tornado.

© Press Association 2009