Search

Tornado corridor identified in Norfolk and Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 13:49 16 June 2015 | UPDATED: 11:08 19 June 2015

the tornado map

the tornado map

Archant

It has long been said that a patch of south Norfolk is particularly prone to tornadoes - and now researchers have proved it.

A suspected tornado left a pathway of damage through several properties in Forncett End.
This newly erected concrete posted fence was blown down, the playhouse in the wrong garden in the background. A suspected tornado left a pathway of damage through several properties in Forncett End. This newly erected concrete posted fence was blown down, the playhouse in the wrong garden in the background.

An area, nicknamed “Tornado Alley”, which runs up through areas of south Norfolk and into north Suffolk towards Ipswich has now been included on a new UK map of tornado hotspots.

The new report by The University of Manchester has found Norfolk and Suffolk had on average three tornadoes a year between 1980 and 2012, about 10pc of the national average meaning there is 3pc to 4pc of one occurring in the region’s ‘Tornado Alley’ every year.

Researchers of the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences have produced the map of the UK from public data collected by Tornado and Storm Research Organisation. The map shows where tornadoes were reported over the 33 years - Norfolk recorded a total of 52 tornados and Suffolk had 43.

Although not included in these figures in January the village of Forncett End, near Long Stratton was hit by a mini- tornado with recorded wind speeds of up to 60mph causing significant damage to properties in the area.

Overall the country experienced 1,240 recorded tornados in this period, a average of 34 tornadoes every year.

The lead report author Kelsey Mulder said: “The UK actually has more tornadoes per area than any other country. The probability of a tornado hitting in Norfolk and Suffolk is low, however this could be because this is a large area and data shows occurrences are less likely to be publicaly reported, than higher populated areas such as Berkshire.

“We can not remotely sense the phenomenon, so we rely on people reporting sightings.”

Have you witnessed a tornado? Email michelle.finch@archant.co.uk

Related articles

1 comment

  • Please can one Tornado dispatch our Tory Truss far away, with no return journey. Then, perhaps, we will resume to normal peaceful Norfolk living. Bye Truss, enjoy your trip, and don't bother to come back here.

    Report this comment

    Harry Brown

    Friday, June 19, 2015

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Other news

12 minutes ago

An 18-year-old woman who died following a collision near Lowestoft has been named as Rachel Stoter.

10 minutes ago

Police chiefs in Norfolk and Suffolk are meeting today to review their response to terrorist attacks after a suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured another 59 at a concert in Manchester on Monday night.

10:11

A young woman has died following a collision on the A47 north of Lowestoft.

14:36

Fundraisers from the Lowestoft-based Lauren Lou appeal, which continues to raise money and awareness in aid of Cancer Research UK, have been boosted by a street collection.

Most Read

10:11

A young woman has died following a collision on the A47 north of Lowestoft.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:25

A woman, believed to be in her 20s, suffered “serious injuries” after she was involved in a collision with a lorry.

Read more
James Paget University Hospital
08:52

Trains between Ipswich and Lowestoft were cancelled this morning, due to overrunning engineering works.

Read more
12 minutes ago

An 18-year-old woman who died following a collision near Lowestoft has been named as Rachel Stoter.

Read more

Hidden underneath her clothing, Sarah Barrett has for many years borne the scars of a dark and troubling secret.

Read more

Most Commented

Hidden underneath her clothing, Sarah Barrett has for many years borne the scars of a dark and troubling secret.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 13°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Lowestoft Journal
e-edition today

Subscribe

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter