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Woman hurt as 'tornado' hits Greater Manchester

  • 11-30-2011

A woman has been taken to hospital after what has been described as a "tornado" struck part of Greater Manchester.

A sudden gust of wind toppled a chimney in Heaton Moor near Stockport at about 14:30 GMT.

The woman was taken to Stepping Hill Hospital with shock and cuts and bruises, said a fire service spokesman.

There are also reports of wind damage in Blackburn, Lancashire.

Dave Ashton, 38, from Heaton Mersey, was in his computer shop at Moor Top on Heaton Moor Lane when he witnessed what appeared to be a "brief tornado".

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"It went almost pitch black," he said.

"The wind suddenly turned up about 20 notches to the point when it became quite frightening.

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