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FREAK WEATHER tore up Kensal Rise in north London last week as a tornado ripped through four streets, causing extensive structural damage running to millions of pounds.

Local resident Mark Amey witnessed the twister from his bathroom, at about 11am on Thursday 7 December. 'It lasted under 10 seconds - maybe five, ' Amey said. 'I saw things moving past the window, like a slow motion bomb explosion, ' he said. Director of building control for Brent Council Andy Hardy said that about 150 homes suffered some damage, but that '23 properties remain unsafe to occupy. Two properties are substantially shored-up, especially 146 Chamberlayn Road, which has been weatherproofed and shored. The rest of the work has been in demolishing chimney stacks and removing unsafe brickwork and roof tiles in case of more wind.' The clean-up operation is now in the hands of insurers, although at least one homeowner was uninsured.

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