Tornado experts make first superstorm findings after resident reports

Hailstones tore through a family gazebo in Tingewick
Hailstones tore through a family gazebo in Tingewick

The national tornado research group looking into last month’s superstorm has received ‘several very helpful reports’.

The Tornado & Storm Research Organisation (TORRO) wanted to learn more about the rare hailstorm ahead of presenting findings at its annual conference in October.

Tingewick was badly hit when the supercell storm passed overhead on the evening of July 19.

The research group said such an event only happens ‘six or seven times in 100 years’.

Its director Jonathan Webb said: “It is clear that a swathe of large hail and damaging squall winds extended from around Marsh Gibbon and Steeple Claydon in the south to the Silverstone area in the north with hailstones reaching 25-30mm in the most severely affected area west of Buckingham.

“We are very grateful for the numerous readers who have been in touch, several with photos or video footage.”