Residents spoke of their shock after the twister swept through Coalville at about 7am yesterday.
Part of the roof of a store at the Belvoir Shopping Centre could be seen ripped off while other images showed fences had collapsed.
Resident Theresa Bowron revealed that the high winds had led to part of the roof of her home being blown off while other houses nearby were damaged.
“There is a guy down the road who is picking up parts of his greenhouse,” she added.
Other witnesses reported seeing roof tiles come crashing down into the street below and causing damage to cars.
A Leicestershire Police spokesman confirmed high winds at around 7.20am damaged some properties, but stressed that no-one had been injured.
A Met Office spokesman said: “The set up was conducive to tornadic activity and we have had some reliable reports today.”