Gone But Not Forgotten
- Aug 7, 2001
Mini 'tornado' batters village
A Ceredigion village has been hit overnight by what is being described as a small tornado.
Emergency services were called to Bow Street, north of Aberystwyth, shortly after 0200 GMT.
More than 20 properties have been damaged with roofs and chimneys blown off, while electricity cables have been brought down and trees uprooted.
Residents recalled their properties shaking but none of them are believed to have been injuried .
A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesman said: "It was apparent that what is believed to be a tornado had struck parts of the village.
"Commercial and residential premises, vehicles and caravans were damaged."
Kevin Walsh, the owner of a bungalow which had its chimney ripped off by high winds, said: "At quarter past one this morning I heard a rumble coming, didn't know what it was, and then it hit the house.
"The house shock, I heard a crash. I came outside and found the stack here.
"It hit us first and then sliced a path through the village.
"Across the road there's a house there whose roof has been taken off. Further down another roof's been taken off.
"It was just an amazing, amazing experience."
Mid and West Wales fire service said 23 properties were damaged and crews spent five hours overnight clearing debris and making roofs safe.
The main road through Bow Street, the A487, was closed for four hours while the properties were made safe and the highways authority cleared debris.
Council highways officer Andy Dunn said: "A number of cars have been damaged with falling debris.
"A caravan's been turned over, part of a roof's been taken off and I believe there's a few trees which have fallen across the railway line from Machynlleth to Aberystwyth."
British Transport Police said a railway bridge has been damaged and about half a mile of track through the village has been littered with debris.
It is thought the line between Aberystwyth and Borth could be closed for much of the day while the debris is cleared up.
A spokesperson for the Met Office said it was too early to confirm whether it was a tornado that had hit the village.
A spokesperson said: "It's very difficult to tell at this stage - we really need to see the impact in the daylight.
"It often leaves a trail mark if it is a tornado. It's certainly a possibility."