Storm Franklin: Video shows moment 'tornado' destroyed Yorkshire garden

This is the moment a ferocious ‘tornado’ ripped apart a Yorkshire garden in seconds.

More than 100 homes in Thorne, near Doncaster, were badly damaged after a freak gust of wind tore through the area on Sunday afternoon.

Scores of residents have described the blast as a ‘mini tornado’ which wreaked havoc, tearing slates from roofs, smashing holes in buildings, damaging cars with flying debris and reducing garden furniture and play equipment to smithereens in seconds.

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Reece Stewart captured the moment the winds blasted through his back garden yesterday, the dramatic footage showing a wooden climbing frame collapsing in a heap as vicious wind can be seen tearing across the lawn.

Reece Stewart's garden was destroyed in seconds. (Photo/Video: Reece Stewart)

A play mattress is lifted into the air, a heavy wooden bench and storage box is even dragged across the path, while debris from adjoining properties can be seen raining down into the garden.

A major incident was declared by fire crews shortly after 3pm on Sunday.