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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-07-06 04:28 PM
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15. Small tornadoes aren't that rare in Britain
but they're short-lived, so don't often cause much damage.

The UK experiences an estimated 50 tornadoes on land each year, putting it top of the European league.
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She said the tornado formed due to a lot of energy in the air across the UK, producing widespread heavy thunderstorms with gusty winds.

"However, in the case of the shower in London, the massive up and down draughts came into phase, spiralling and forming a tornado," she said.

The Association of British Insurers said initial estimates suggested damage would be in the millions of pounds rather than tens of millions as seen in Birmingham tornado in 2005.

The last tornado which caused significant damage in London was in December 1954, in west London, in which six people were hurt and the roof of Gunnersbury London Underground station was ripped off.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/6217514.stm


The Birmingham one was in July/
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