This is the terrifying moment a suspected tornado brought on by Storm Ciaran ripped through a car park after a twister lifted roofs into the sky in Jersey.
CCTV footage from Sompting, Sussex, captured the wind throwing debris in all directions, leaving behind it a scene of destruction as the storm batters parts of the country.
James Watts and his colleagues from Coverzone discovered the footage after parking a vehicle in the car park to try out a new car cover.
Mr Watts claimed he found debris strewn across the car park when he arrived at work earlier today.
His colleague, Lukasz Dziecielski, said: ‘I parked my car and it became very nasty. I could see some objects flying from a roof, as well as some tree branches.
CCTV footage from Sompting, Sussex, captured strong wind brought about by Storm Ciaran throwing debris in all directions
The car park is left with debris all over the place after the suspected tornado
James Watts and his colleagues from Coverzone discovered the footage after parking a car in the camera’s view to try out a new car cover
‘I had to stay in my car for three or four minutes as it was too dangerous outside.’
It comes after damage to properties in Jersey meant some residents had to evacuate their homes and seek refuge in a hotel, with one woman saying hailstones ‘bigger than a golf ball’ had broken her windows.
A tornado hit Jersey, causing roofs to be dramatically lifted off houses and carried away in 104mph gusts.
The hurricane-force winds, brought on by Storm Ciaran, caused havoc on the Channel Island with many homes having their windows smashed through, tiles flung off buildings and garden furniture turned upside down.
Dozens of islanders were forced to take refugee in hotels and community centres when the tornado rampaged through their homes in the early hours of this morning.
Terrifying footage taken during the night shows the sky lit up with lightening as roofs in the distance get chucked into the air along with other debris as heavy rain continues to pour down.
Later videos show the damage done to the area, with piles of wood from fences littered over an athletics track, while rooves in the distance appear to be missing tiles.
Terrifying footage taken during the night shows the sky lit up with lightening was roofs in the distance get chucked into the air along with other debris as Storm Ciaran hit Jersey
The destruction from the tornado in Jersey left fences smashed to pieces with roof tiles falling off some homes
Trees are uprooted in St Helier today after winds reaching 100mph tore through Jersey
Wooden fences are left lying horizontal on the floor while metal fencing has been bent diagonally.
The UK’s third named storm of the season has caused complete chaos today, with thousands of homes loosing power and schools closing.
While the Met Office’s amber weather warnings have now ended, yellow warnings for wind and rain remain in place for southern England and Wales until midnight tomorrow.
The Environment Agency imposed 79 flood warnings, where flooding is expected, and 195 flood alerts, where flooding is possible, across England this afternoon.
States of Jersey Police said 35 people were moved to hotel accommodation overnight, with three taken to hospital after damage to their homes.
Officers said four further people had been moved to other accommodation and Jersey Fire and Rescue Service said gusts had reached up to 104mph.
One woman said: ‘The hailstones were quite a bit heavier and bigger than a golf ball and we’ve had three windows damaged by them – in my daughter’s bedroom, a landing and a bathroom. ‘It was quite worrying, especially for the kids – they were quite anxious about it.’
JERSEY: Lightning at St Aubin’s Bay last night, as the Channel Islands bear the brunt
JERSEY: The Channel Islands are facing the brunt of Storm Ciaran with 35 people on Jersey being evacuated from the homes and moved to emergency accommodation overnight
JERSEY: The Grand Hotel in St Helier is damaged in the storm today, with the side ripped away
JERSEY: The island was battered with three-inch hailstones in the early hours of this morning
The Met Office said Jersey Airport had seen wind gusts of up to 93mph this morning, with Langdon Bay in Kent recording 71mph, and Cardinham in Cornwall seeing 68mph gusts.
Devastating scenes of destruction were seen across the Channel Islands, with all flights from Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney airports cancelled today.
Cornwall Council said nearly 10,000 homes in the county were without power, adding that strong winds and large waves will make coastlines particularly dangerous.
The Cornwall councillor in charge of environment and public protection, Martyn Alvey, said the storm had led to a ‘significant event’ in the region that had left its highways teams dealing with about 180 reports of fallen trees, debris and blocked drains.
He said: ‘The two biggest challenges have been outages and debris causing road blockage – and at one point there were over 10,000 properties that were out of power and now, as it approached lunchtime, we are down to about 6,500.
‘We are working with National Grid to help some vulnerable residents who might be impacted as it is forecast that some of them will not have their power restored until the morning.’
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