Hurricane-force winds have wreaked havoc in West Wales after what witnesses described as a “freak tornado” hit the town of Aberystwyth. The Mid and West Wales fire service dealt with 25 weather-related incidents after trees crashed onto roads, power lines fell, caravans overturned and tiles were flung from roofs. Winds of up to 94mph hit the area this morning.
Aberystwyth Lifeboat said they had heard reports of “lots of damage” in the area, while firefighters and police urged drivers to be careful due to debris on the roads. At the town’s harbour, a small fishing boat capsized and sunk, and another boat was blown off its blocks, according to Cambrian News. There has also reportedly been damage at Bronglais Hospital.
In Clarach Bay, to the north of the town, Thomas Scarrott posted pictures on Twitter after the freak winds brought down caravans at his holiday park, Vale Holidays. He told Sky News the freak winds descended on the area “without any warning whatsoever” after a mild morning. “It just descended into complete and utter carnage,” he said. “There were caravans being thrown around, there was debris flying everywhere. It was quite scary, to stay the least.”
Mr Scarrott said had it been peak season, there would have “without doubt” been deaths or serious injuries. “Caravans have been upended … we think there’s 10, maybe 12, that have been turned completely upside down, completely written off, and another 10 to 15 have sustained damage beyond repair. All in all it’s been a very disastrous day for us.”