‘Like a scene from Twister’: Bertha sends shed flying 50 metres

PUBLISHED: 13:38 11 August 2014 | UPDATED: 16:13 11 August 2014

A steel horse field shelter was picked up and thrown 50 metres over a fence earlier in high winds on Sunday. Photo: Gemma Webster

A steel horse field shelter was picked up and thrown 50 metres over a fence earlier in high winds on Sunday. Photo: Gemma Webster

Gemma Webster

A veterinary worker has described the moment when the wind picked up a horse shelter and a blew it 50 metres over a fence as “like a scene from Twister”.

Gemma Webster, from Toftwood, near Dereham, said it was lucky that no horses were in the shelter, which weighs a tonne and was at a field in Gressenhall.

She said a wheelbarrow was also blown 10 foot into the air and dropped next to her car.

The high winds struck the village, near Dereham, between 3pm and 3.30pm on Sunday.

On Twitter, Ms Webster, who is an area business development manager for an animal health company, said: “The black swirling sky at Gressenhall looked like a scene from the movie Twister.”

UEA-based Weatherquest’s Jim Bacon did not rule out the possibility of a tornado but said the damage was most likely to have been caused by straight line wind.

He said: “It’s not a zero chance as the sort of the weather we were seeing on Sunday did cause a small tornado up in Humberside but the part of the system we were seeing in Norfolk was producing gusts and straight line damage. Straight line wind damage is much more common than tornado damage.”

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  • It had nothing to do with the construction of the the 'shed'! (A horse's field shelter). It may look flimsy now it's been battered but the tonne of steel from which the frame and base were constructed by an engineer made it anything but. Being picked up by the gale force wind that blew through Gressenhall and thrown for 50m, clearing a 4" fence without so much as a splinter out of the fence posts is why it looks like that now. The same storm took several large poplar trees out of the ground in the same field. 'Tin shed' that was not!!! See where the below picture was taken from is where the shelter was before it was taken by the tail end of Bertha!


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    Gemma Webster

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • I think this is due to the quality of shed construction, rather than the quality of the UEA 'boffins' research.

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    Norfolk John

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Makes you wonder if the boffins at UEA are right in their theories on climate change

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