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:

The weather was quite severe leading up to it. It was sunny but then the sky went black, there was thunder and lightning, hailstones and strong winds. By the time we turned up to the address it was blue sky and sunny again. The tornado whizzed through the area, some roof tiles were blown off and caused minor damage to properties and cars in nearby roads but fortunately nobody was injured.

Mark Ritson, Watch Manager

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.

London firefighters are fully trained and available to help anyone who might be affected by the weather. We are on hand should any buildings, hoardings, or scaffolding be left in a precarious position in the high winds posing a risk to life.

Tim Cutbill, Assistant Commissioner, London Fire Brigade

In addition to this garage collapsing, five trees have been blown over in the borough and we currently have teams on site making these safe and clearing the road ways.

Varsha Parmar, Harrow councillor