29/07/2005

Clean up begins after Birmingham tornado

A huge clean-up operation is taking place in Birmingham, after a freak tornado ripped through the city on Thursday.

Birmingham was hit by winds of up to 130mph on Thursday afternoon, which damaged buildings, ripped roofs from houses, over-turned cars and uprooted trees.

Twenty people were injured during the tornado and three people received treatment for serious injuries.

Hundreds of homes are believed to have been damaged during the high winds, which began around 14:45 BST on Thursday.

The King’s Heath, Sparkbrook, Balsall Heath, Moseley areas were all affected by the severe weather.

Birmingham City Council used two sports centres to house residents forced to leave their homes due to the conditions.

Structural engineers are now examining properties hit by the tornado and assessing the damage.

(KMcA/MB)


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