Meteorologists at IW Met Service are probing whether or not the Isle of Wight was hit by a small tornado overnight.
With most Islanders tucked up in bed and fast asleep, a squall line developed and moved across the Island bringing winds of 70mph in places, alongside torrential rain, hail and an explosive crack of thunder.
All of this was forecast yesterday, but something a little more unexpected happened overnight too.
Jamie Russell, Chief Forecaster at IW Met Service, says:
“Often with squall lines we get gusts of wind, this is actually part of the reason why they are called squall lines, but last night something rather unusual happened.
“In the Cowes area (based on local weather stations) there was a short-lived but noticeable change in wind direction from the SSW into the NE, this was accompanied by a “loud noise” as some people have reported. There was also damage to a property in East Cowes too. These reports are consistent with the passage of a small tornado.
“Along with this squall there was a very powerful lightning strike that caused a power cut in some places”.
As previously reported by Island Echo, a ‘boulder’ was lifted up and thrown with the roof of a property in East Cowes at around 04:30 this morning.
If you live in the East Cowes/Cowes area (or any other area), did you hear or see any severe weather last night? IW Met Service are interested in your report on this storm…
Kelvin Saltershared this video of the moment the wind and rain increased to crazy levels in Cowes at 04:21 this morning – just minutes before the fire service were called to East Cowes.
Jamie Russell from IW Met Service says there is high confidence that the Cowes area did indeed see a tornado.
“The small gap just below Freshwater in the map below shows less precipitation and is indicative of circulation. The gap moved NE or ENE towards Cowes and out into the Solent.
“So this, combined with the damage reports received through Island Echo and directly, gives me high confidence that it was a tornado.”
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