Suspected tornado tears through north London 'like a scene from the Wizard of Oz'

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A suspected tornado struck part of the country today, damaging cars and homes "like a scene from the Wizard of Oz," according to firefighters.

London Fire Brigade said a garage collapsed and roof tiles were blown off some properties following severe weather in Harrow in north west London. No one was hurt.

Fire crews were called to Grafton Road shortly before 1.15pm after the garage, which was attached to a house, collapsed and cars in nearby roads suffered minor damage.

Watch manager Mark Ritson, who was at the scene, said:

London Fire Brigade tweeted:

Firefighters are preparing for more stormy weather in the capital, with the Met Office predicting heavy rain and gusts of up to 60mph tomorrow evening.

London Fire Brigade has urged residents to ensure loose objects such as garden furniture and items on balconies are secure. Crews are on standby to help in the event of structural damage or accidents caused by the weather.