£100,000 of damage caused to Hampshire sailing club in “mini tornado”
A “mini tornado” hit Hayling Island in Hampshire yesterday (20th October 2013) and caused an estimated £100,000 of damage to boats at the local sailing club.
The Mengeham Rythe Sailing Club was the club that was damaged by the tornado at 7,45am yesterday morning.
The hurricane ripped through a corner of Hampshire and pulled the roofs off of 100 homes, whilst also breaking fences and tearing up trees.
Mick Rich, a member of Mengeham Rythe Sailing Club, which was badly damaged in the storm, told Portsmouth News: "The sight this morning was awful. We had two-tonne yachts that were splayed across the yard and dinghies that have just been destroyed.
"I think around £100,000 worth of damage has been caused but people have been really good and have been coming together to help out.”
According to the BBC, the council stated that there were no reported injuries and its local officers were assessing the damage to the properties.
Hampshire Constabulary has received calls regarding damaged vehicles, power lines, and beach huts, and the council is also working to clean up debris in the area.
Eyewitness Marcus Hunt told the BBC: "My wife and I watched a swirl of sea water and rain come across the sea and hit land in front of our house on Hayling seafront.
"The sky was extremely black and there were lots of squalls and then the tornado whipped up. It must have been 30ft to 40ft across. We saw it pick lots of spray and shingle off the beach."
Picture courtesy of Mengeham Rythe Sailing Club