Nostalgia: Homes damaged by Selsey tornado

Before and after, the impact of the Selsey tornado
Before and after, the impact of the Selsey tornado

THE MEMORIES of a Selsey tornado lived on, 15 years ago 
this week.

In January, 1998, incredibly-high winds struck the seaside town, blowing tiles off roofs, smashing windows and destroying
greenhouses.

Before and after, the impact of the Selsey tornado

Before and after, the impact of the Selsey tornado

According to the Observer, published in September: “The tornado cut a half-mile swathe of devastation through the town, with winds up to 100mph damaging 1,000 homes and uprooting trees in just 30 seconds.”

One couple, who lived in West Street, found their home to be one of the worst damaged and even eight months later in September, 1998, they were only just putting the finishing touches on returning the house to normal.

The gable was sucked out of Donna and Jeremy Wearn’s home and they had to move out for 
three nights.

“The garage was damaged beyond repair,” 
said Jeremy.

“There are now storm shutters on all the windows, so if there 
is a next time, we should withstand it.”

The January tornado also included ‘hailstones the size of golf balls’ and caused severe flooding.

Do you remember the Selsey tornado? Email us your memories to vintage@chiobserver.co.uk or write to us with your memories at c/o Chris Shimwell, Unicorn House, 
8 Eastgate Square, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1JN.