The world's tornado hotspot is Britain and NOT the US Nature News Daily Express

The world's tornado hotspot is Britain and NOT the US Nature News Daily Express

THE UK has been named the world’s tornado hotspot, even ahead of America.

Published: Mon, October 13, 2014

The UK is the world's tornado hotspot, according to new research[GETTY/PA]

Britain suffered an average of 47 twisters each year between 1981 and 2010, with the number of violent winds hitting our shores on the rise.

Last Wednesday alone, six tornadoes hit Britain with terrified locals filming one of the twisters forming just metres away from drivers on the M53 motorway by Wirral, Merseyside.

Another tornado even ripped the roof off a house and turned over cars as it wrecked havoc in a residential street in Derbyshire.

However, a new study by Peter Kirk, from the Tornado and Storm Research Organisation (TORRO), suggested the increase in apparent twister activity may simply be better reporting from the British public.

Britain suffered an average of 47 twisters each year between 1981 and 2010 [GETTY]

We’re seeing a lot more interest in tornados and storms on social media

Peter Kirk from the Tornado and Storm Research Organisation

Britain suffered an average of 47 twisters each year between 1981 and 2010, with the number of violent winds hitting our shores on the rise.

Last Wednesday alone, six tornadoes hit Britain with terrified locals filming one of the twisters forming just metres away from drivers on the M53 motorway by Wirral, Merseyside.

Another tornado even ripped the roof off a house and turned over cars as it wrecked havoc in a residential street in Derbyshire.

However, a new study by Peter Kirk, from the Tornado and Storm Research Organisation (TORRO), suggested the increase in apparent twister activity may simply be better reporting from the British public.

A house in Derbyshire had its roof ripped off by a twister last week [CATERS]

The study, published in the Royal Meteorological Societys journal Weather, added that Britain may have its own version of America’s Tornado Alley.

The research claims an area on the south coast of England and east of the Isle of Wight is most prone to seeing twisters.

The UK’s tornadoes tend to be much weaker than American ones but the country has seen particularly destructive ones in recent years.

In 2005 a twister in Birmingham left 420 homes and buildings badly damaged and cost an estimated 40million.

The world's tornado hotspot is Britain and NOT the US Nature News Daily Express

The earliest reported tornado in the UK happened in London in 1091 and demolished a wooden London Bridge and more than 600 houses.

The roof ended up in a neighbour's garden [CATERS]

Last Wednesday, tornadoes caused havoc in parts of the UK with one person returning to his Derbyshire home to find the roof of his house ripped off.

Four fire engines, including a turntable ladder, rushed to the scene to help deal with the incident, which is thought to have caused thousands of pounds worth of damage.

Trees and lampposts were uprooted by the high winds and cars were damaged, with at least two being flipped over — but miraculously, there were no reports of any injuries.

Locals spoke of their shock after witnessing the tornado.

Resident Adam Broadley, 32, said: "I looked out of the window and for a moment I thought we we were in the eye of a hurricane. "Everywhere was dark, it was windy and it was raining like mad.

"There were roof tiles and wood flying all around us.

"Thankfully our home hasn’t been damaged but I can see one house with a roof missing.

"There’s a lot of shock in the area — you don’t expect this type of thing to happen."

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