Surreal moment tornado rips through Irish village as trees goes flying

A ‘tornado’ ripped through an Irish village sending trees flying in a surreal weather event, as Storm Fergus wreaks havoc on the UK and Ireland.

Locals in Leitrim, in the Republic of the Ireland, were shocked when thunder and lightning from Storm Fergus hit their village, apparently causing a freak tornado that did damage to homes.

The area was issued a weather warning for today by the Met Office forecasting heavy rain and strong wind.

A video shared on Reddit shows a tornado-like column of wind sweeping across the Waterfront Marina and Ballinamore Canal.

Emergency services were called to the scene, with police closing roads and fire crews making scenes safe.

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Chief reporter at BMAI Barry Whyte posted on X: “A freak weather event this afternoon has caused serious damage to property and cars in Leitrim Village.

“Some locals say it felt like a tornado ripping through the village.”

Pictures he posted showed hedges ripped out of the ground, roofs caved in and walls knocked over.

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Other social media users shared pictures of car windows being smashed in by falling debris. Boats in the marina were even overturned by the strength of the winds.

An eyewitness said they heard a roaring noise and saw trees being flattened at the back of properties near the bridge.

Nearby, at the 17th-century mass rock at Tawley near Kinlough, a huge tree was blown down.

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