Picture Gallery: Mini tornado sweeps through Midhurst

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EMERGENCY services were called to a series of incidents over the weekend (January 25) after a ‘tornado’ left a trail of devastation in its wake.

On Saturday, West Sussex Fire and Rescue crews were called to a house in Pretoria Avenue, Midhurst, at 2.30pm after a section of scaffolding on a house was reported to be in a ‘dangerous position’ and overhanging a neighbouring property.

The Midhurst crew was then called to isolate the electricity supply in Lamberts Lane, Midhurst, at 5pm after a large oak tree fell over onto garages.

Ben Marks Estate Management was called to the scene to assess the damage done and clear the site.

Tree surgeon Ben said: “This is communal land, so there is a question mark at the moment over who is responsible for the tree.

“A nearby homeowner phoned us after it came down on Saturday, and it looks like this will be a job that will take us all day –three garages have been affected.”

Elsewhere, highways teams had to clear several fallen trees throughout West Sussex after seeing ‘Mother Nature at her most frightening’.

See the pictures in this week’s Midhurst and Petworth Observer, out January 30.




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