Published: July 7, 2008
Freak 'twister' causes damage to water park site near Burnham

A powerful, freak whirlwind caused extensive damage at a water park near Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday afternoon (July 6th).

Middlemoor Water Park bore the brunt of the extreme weather conditions, which saw sudden strong winds similar to a tornado bring down fences, raise sheds and cause damage to equipment and gardens.

The park's Julia Cox told "The winds just seemed to come from nowhere and were incredibly strong for a very short time."

"It was frightening. Our garden was badly damaged and a trampoline, which had only just recently been bought as a birthday present, was destroyed when it was flung into the water."

The twister struck the area at 4.30pm and the storm quickly weakened as it passed over Huntspill and blew itself out over the Bristol Channel. Damage was restricted to a very small area. Our photos show some of the damage at the park still visible on Monday morning.

This parked vehicle was damaged by debris tossed into the air

CCTV video footage of the moment the twister struck was recorded, above

A photographer standing on Burnham seafront took this exclusive shot of the storm system moving across the Bristol Channel on Sunday afternoon


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