Tornado lifts lambs and causes £100,000 in damage to Welsh farm

Winds of 100mph slammed across the small village of Pennal, downing trees and destroying homes (Image: PA)

The owner of a North Wales farm is “still in shock” after a tornado downed trees, threw debris through the air and threw her sheep into the air.

Extreme weather on Wednesday left £100,000 worth of damage at Gogarth Hall Farm in Pennal.

Investigators yesterday confirmed a tornado hit the farm, with “a lot of evidence” objects had been thrown around before falling back to the ground.

Owner Deilwen Breese said she wasn’t at the farm when she received a call urging her to come home.

“I thought it was just part of the roof gone. But oh my god, when I got home I couldn’t believe it,” she said.

“The devastation, it was heartbreaking. I’m still in shock, really. Trees had been lifted from their roots.

“If they hadn’t been raised, they would have just been clouded. We lost hundreds of trees.’

She said the wind was so strong it “carried a ewe across the bay of a shed” and “lifted up the little lambs”. Ms Breese says the lambs are all fine but the ewe is “gone”.

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

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

But fearing the farm won’t be the same, she said: “It’ll be months, it’ll never come back, not in my lifetime. It will never be what it was again.’

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

Investigator John Mason said he believes the twister had a speed of between 93 and 114 miles per hour.

He told the BBC: “A T10 is like the ones you get in the States but a T3 is still going strong.”

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