Tornado damages caravans at Haven holiday park in Great Yarmouth

Library photo of caravans lined up at the Seashore Holiday Park at North Denes, Great Yarmouth. Pict

Library photo of caravans lined up at the Seashore Holiday Park at North Denes, Great Yarmouth. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press ©2004

A tornado has ripped through a holiday park overturning several caravans.

It is understood that seven caravans were upturned at the Haven Seashore Holiday Park in Great Yarmouth after the column of wind swept through the park yesterday afternoon.

No-one was injured although there was extensive damage caused to caravans, which have no been cordoned off.

In a statement posted to the park's Facebook page, a spokesman said: 'We have had a freak weather occurrence on park with a mini tornado damaging a handful of caravans.

'All owners that have been affected by this afternoons mini tornado have now been contacted. Most importantly nobody has been hurt. If you require any further information please contact the park.'


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Meteorologist for Weatherquest Phil Garner said it was gusty generally yesterday.

He added: 'It is possible there could have been a tornado. It was the sort of weather system where you can have tornados.'

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Dr Kelsey Mulder wrote a report on tornados for the University of Manchester last year said the probability of a tornado hitting in Norfolk and Suffolk is low.

He added: 'However this could be because this is a large area and data shows occurrences are less likely to be publicly reported, than higher populated areas such as Berkshire. We can not remotely sense the phenomenon, so we rely on people reporting sightings.'

Did you spot the tornado? Was your property affected? Email george.ryan@archant.co.uk

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