Storm brought 'tornado' to Cully
SEVERE weather hit Mid Devon over the weekend, and forecasters warn of more rain and high winds to come.
Among the worst-hit areas was Cullompton, where residents questioned whether a cyclone or tornado struck at around lunchtime on Sunday.
One resident told the Gazette: "At around 1pm there was a huge roaring sound, I thought the roof was going to come off. We thought it was a truck passing or a low-flying jet, but it was the wind.
"Everyone in the High Street looked up, then the trees bent double as some of the strongest winds I've ever seen ripped through. It was over in a flash.
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"There was a short break, then the heavens opened, there was thunder and lightning and everyone ran for cover."
The Met Office says the region was affected by high winds and rain. Amateur weather expert Warren Radmore, from Bradninch, said the phenomenon was caused by a severe downdraft caused as the front edge of the storm passed Cullompton.
Around 100 homes were damaged in Hampshire on Sunday morning, when a tornado struck, uprooting trees.