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Tornado hits Wales with winds strong enough to carry ewes and their lambs aloft

The extreme weather hit Gogarth Hall Farm in Pennal – the Tornado and Storm Research Organization said it believes the damage was caused by a T3 tornado

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Damage to Gogarth Hall Farm in Pennal

Strong winds that have caused “at least £100,000” of damage to a farm in north Wales have been confirmed as a tornado, experts say.

Extreme weather hit Gogarth Hall Farm in Pennal on Wednesday, uprooting trees and lifting a ewe and lambs in the air.

The Tornado and Storm Research Organization said it surveyed the site and believes the damage was caused by a T3 tornado.

Investigator John Mason said the objects flipped over before falling to the ground.

“The tornado was confirmed because there was a lot of evidence that objects were airborne and spinning around the circulation before falling to the ground,” he said.






Gogarth Hall Farm is in Mid Wales

He added that he believes it will have a speed of between 93mph and 114mph.

Deilwen Breese, owner of Gogarth Hall Farm, said she had not been at the farm when she received a call urging her to come home.

Ms Breese told the PA news agency she only realized the extent of the damage when she returned.

“I thought it was just part of the roof gone,” she said.

“But oh my god, when I got home I couldn’t believe it.”

Ms Breese said she was still in shock from the incident. “The devastation, it was heartbreaking,” she said.

“I’m still in shock, really.”

Ms Breese added: “Trees have been lifted from their roots.

“If they hadn’t been lifted, they would have just been tarnished. We lost hundreds of trees.”

The winds were so strong that a ewe and her lambs were lifted into the air.

Ms Breese said: “It led a ewe through the pen of a shed and picked up the little lambs.”

She said the lambs are fine but the ewe is “gone”.

Ms Breese said the damage to the roof was “about £100,000”.

“When I got to the farm I could see the damage on the roof, it’s about £100,000 damage on the roof.”

She said a group of 12 local volunteers are now helping her clean up the devastation.

However, Ms Breese thinks the farm will never be the same again.

She said: “It will take months, it will never come back, not in my lifetime. It will never be what it was again.”

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