High winds that caused ‘at least £100,000’ in damage to a farm in North Wales have been confirmed as a tornado by experts.
Extreme weather conditions hit Gogarth Hall Farm in Pennal on Wednesday, uprooting trees and lifting a ewe and lambs into the air.
The Tornado and Storm Research Organization said it investigated the site and believed the damage was caused by a T3 tornado.
John Mason, an investigator, said the objects spun before falling to the ground.
“The tornado was confirmed as there was ample evidence of objects flying and circling traffic before falling to the ground,” he said.
He added that he believed he had a strength of 93mph-114mph.
Deilwen Breese, the owner of Gogarth Hall Farm, said she was away from the farm when she received a phone call telling her to come home.
Breese told the PA news agency that she did not realize the extent of the damage until she returned. “I thought it was just that part of the roof was missing,” she said. “But oh my God, when I got home I couldn’t believe it.”
She said she was still in shock over the incident. “The devastation, it was heartbreaking,” she said. “I’m still in shock, really.”
Breese added: “The trees had been uprooted. If they hadn’t been lifted, they had just been tarnished. We lost hundreds of trees.
The winds were so strong that a sheep and her lambs were lifted into the air.
Breese said, “He brought a ewe out the bay of a shed and he picked up the little lambs.” She said the lambs were fine, but the ewe was “gone”.
Breese said the damage to the roof was “around £100,000”.
“When I got to the farmhouse I could see the roof damage, it’s around £100,000 roof damage.”
She said a group of 12 local volunteers were helping her clean up the devastation. However, Breese worries that the farm won’t be the same.
She said, “It will take months, it will never come back, not in my lifetime. He will never go back to what he was.”