Table tops were thrown into the air, waste bins blown along the ground and part of a gate was damaged as a mini tornado struck a north Oxfordshire primary school this week.
During a week of heavy winds and rainfall which saw areas including Banbury United’s Spencer Stadium, Spiceball car parks and village roads submerged in water, the mini tornado hit Bishop Carpenter Primary School in North Newington shortly after 10am on Tuesday.
Headteacher Dom Murphy described how the sky went dark just as he was reading to a class.
“I was reading a part of Charlie and the Cholocate Factory to the children, which describes things wooshing and banging, when all of a sudden there was this huge wooshing, roaring sound,” he said.
“Then it just sort of ran along the windows. You couldn’t see out of the windows because there was so much rain, then there was a lot of crashing and bashing from outside. The children were astonished by it. It picked up some old table tops that were outside ready to take to the tip and smashed them into a metal gate. It lasted about 30 seconds but was absolutely astonishing.”
l Turn back to pages 12-13 for more on how this week’s weather affected the region.