A tornado has caused damage to a number of houses in Northampton after it swept across the town earlier this afternoon.
Jordan Williams, aged 30, a landscaper for RMW Paving, was in a garden in Duston at about 12.30pm when he saw the tornado swirling towards him.
Mr Williams, who sent the footage to his girlfriend Charlie Lambert, said he could see a large amount of debris swirling around in the air.
He said: “I was just on a job working at a house when we heard this deafening noise.
“It was this loud crashing and banging noise. We thought it was an explosion.
“It was really bizarre. Nothing like this has ever happened around here before. I couldn’t believe it.
“The footage looks quite scary actually. I have never seen anything like it.
“It was really noisy. We thought something was about to blow up.
“It picked up a load of rubbish and a number of the houses in the area had suffered damaged guttering.”
The tornado has damaged a number of houses in Duston and also some vehicle parked close to St Luke’s Primary School have been hot by falling roof tiles.
Duston resident Joseph Payne, 32, said it was like “the apocalypse”
He said: “It was pretty frightening. The sky went very dark. It looked like the apocalypse or something.
“I’ve never seen anything like it in my life. The noise was incredible, I thought there had been a car crash at first.
“When I saw the tornado I ran into my house.”
A number of people living in the Duston area have reported on social media that the tornado has damaged trees and dislodged roof tiles from a number of houses.
Stu Hacker who lives in Frank Large Walk in St Crispins said: “Very dangerous as tiles spiking straight into the ground. Scary stuff.”
Rosemary Chandler said: “I saw it looked a bit scary with stuff flying around the air.”
Becii Bazeley said: “We had stuff flying around our back garden! Was so loud and terrifying! A huge tree has fell into Duston cemetery too.”
Jo Taylor said: “My mum’s rabbit hutch literally got picked up off the ground and started swirling in the air before coming crashing down.
“She had to run out and lay on top of it. Was very scary and some people feared for their lives, a lot of destruction round some parts of Duston.”
Tom Moriarty tweeted: “Just came through eldean rd duson Northampton. Took a trampoline through some guys car windscreen.”
ITV weather presenter Laura Tobin from Northampton tweeted: “Reports of a #tornado in my home town Northampton earlier! Hope everyone is ok.”
Northamptonshire Police confirmed they had received several calls about the powerful cyclone.
A force spokesman said: “We have received numerous calls about a tornado in Duston yesterday afternoon.
“We had our first call at around 1.10pm to reports of damaged roof tiles to a property.
“Vehicles parked close to St Luke’s Primary School were also damaged as were several other houses in the area.
“Officers have been in attendance but we have not had any reports of people being injured at this stage.”
For more video footage and pictures from the tornado click here Tornado rips through Northampton
A mini tornado previously hit Northampton in 2007. For more on this click here Mini tornado hits Northampton