The swirling gales made it look like a tornado to many around town and across the county but meteorologists have dismissed this, saying it was actually 'straight line winds'.
Nevertheless, the freakish weather caused plenty of issues for residents and drivers - here is a selection of pictures submitted to the Chronicle & Echo.
A lamppost was bent over by a tree in the Racecourse in Northampton. Photo: Daniel Williams
Mark Danis said a heavy 10’ shed was picked up by the winds and smashed into the fencing, shearing concrete posts, in Chapel Brampton
A downed tree and lots of branches at the Racecourse. Photo: Chris Flavin-Sweeney
Three fence panels were brought down and a new trampoline was broken by the winds in Kacy Francis' garden