PICTURES: 'Mini-tornado' causes trail of destruction

Wigan faced some of it most adverse weather conditions yesterday when residents came up against a tornado and a huge lightning storm.

Wednesday, 26th July 2017, 5:04 pm
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 1:08 pm
The twister over Pennington Flash - Picture from Chris Hesketh

Yesterday afternoon the borough was hit by a mini-tornado, which swept through Hindley, destroying cars, trees and fence panels.

Residents in the Belmont Road area were disturbed by sudden high winds which left a trail of destruction.

Firefighters were called out after a tree was uprooted and fell on a car in the Castle Hill Road area.

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A tree is ripped up in the wind

And neighbours have reported a number of windows being broken and debris swept up and hurled through the air.

Eyewitness Kirsty Roe, of Belmont Road, said: "There a number of windows which have been taken out and fences have been damaged.

"You can see where a tree has been ripped up and fallen on a car around the corner.

"It was weird - there was an almighty bang and our windows started rattling.

Sheds and fence panels were ripped down. Photos captured by Kirsty Roe

"You could see a circle of dust and debris which had been whipped up."

A Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service spokesman confirmed that Hindley firefighters had been called out to deal with a tree which had fallen on a car in the Castle Hill Road area.

A Met Office spokesman said: "There is a chance that a tornado, may have struck in this location.

"When people mention tornados they often think about large-scale events which can cause major damage.

The trail of destruction caused by the mini-twister

"But there can be more localised, smaller events. The key factor will be whether the weather event makes contact with the ground. If it doesn't, then it's a funnel cloud, but if it does than it can be classified as a tornado."

At around 10pm last night, the borough was hit again, this time by a huge thunder and lightning storm which ripped through the sky for around 15 minutes.

Spectacular fork lightning lit up the night sky and the heavens opened in a dramatic turn in the weather. Thankfully firefighters have not reported attending to any more damage caused overnight.

Hindley residents were stunned by the tornado
One driver had a nasty surprise as a tree crashed through the windscreen of his car
A tree is ripped up in the wind
Sheds and fence panels were ripped down. Photos captured by Kirsty Roe
The trail of destruction caused by the mini-twister
Hindley residents were stunned by the tornado
One driver had a nasty surprise as a tree crashed through the windscreen of his car