13/10/2005

Birmingham struck by second tornado

Birmingham is believed to have been struck by another tornado as severe weather continued to affect the UK.

A roof was ripped off a house in Dovey Road, Moseley by the high winds and a nearby road was closed when it became littered with debris.

It is understood that no one was in the house at the time and there were no reports of injuries.

The tornado is believed to have struck within a mile of where a similar whirlwind caused chaos in July, although it was not as severe.

The July tornado, which affected the Kings Heath and Moseley areas of Birmingham, uprooted trees and overturned cars.

The Met Office said that the tornado might have been caused by heavy rain, which struck the West Midlands on Wednesday.

The Environment Agency has issued four flood warnings in the area, following the downpour.

Torrential rain caused flooding in several areas of the UK on Tuesday, with the southwest of Scotland, Cumbria and Wales being the worst affected areas.

(KMcA/SP)

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