LONDON, England (CNN) -- A tornado hit a residential area of London on Thursday, injuring at least six people, according to ambulance service staff.
Police were alerted to the tornado in north-west London at around 11 a.m., a Scotland Yard spokeswoman said.
One man was taken to hospital suffering from serious head injuries, and five people were treated at the scene for minor injuries and shock.
The storm, with winds of around 150 mph (240 kph), ripped roofs off some homes, tore down walls and trees, and left streets strewn with debris. One car was buried under fallen bricks, video footage from the scene showed.
"It was like some sort of cyclone," said Tim Klotz, a resident of the Kensal Rise neighborhood.
"I was actually in an attic room working at my desk on the computer and there was heavy rain and sleet and then the wind just really changed.
"I looked up through a skylight and debris was falling through the air. I heard what seemed like large, clay dominoes falling, which I think were roof tiles," Klotz said.
"I could see a huge cloud rolling up the street, making this tremendous sound," local resident Daniel Bidgood told BBC radio. "I went to try to take a picture of it but a shower of debris smashed all the windows of my house."
Another eyewitness, Sally Johnson, said she thought she was going to die. "All the cars and the windows, everything (was) smashed in," she told Sky. "There's debris everywhere, you can hardly walk."
Experts say that while Britain experiences more than 30 tornadoes a year, it is rare for them to cause damage on the scale seen in London on Thursday.
Local weather reports said warmer than normal temperatures this fall contributed to formation of the tornado.
Een tornado heeft in Londen grote schade aangericht. Ook zijn er gewonden gevallen. Bekijk de beelden.
Zeker zes mensen zijn gewond geraakt door rondvliegend puin. Van de zes gewonden moest er Ã©Ã©n naar het ziekenhuis.
In een paar minuten tijd trok de tornado een spoor van vernieling door een wijk in het noorden van de stad. Daken werden van huizen geblazen, muren begaven het en meubels vlogen door de straat.
Wonder boven wonder raakte niemand ernstig gewond. Sommige Londenaren mogen vanwege instortingsgevaar voorlopig hun huizen niet in.
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