A mini tornado hits a small village, leaving holes in the roof

The raucous atmosphere on Tuesday afternoon settled bright and calm in Waiken as residents reported a bizarre five-minute incident.

Paula Tuechner was outside when this happened
Paula Tuechner was outside when this happened

Residents said bad weather left holes in the roof of a house after an unexpected “hurricane.”

The raucous atmosphere settled on a bright, calm Tuesday afternoon in Waiken.

Paula Tuechener was outside when it happened, saying her line washes became tangled and trees shook during her five-minute break.

She told CoventryLive that her family told her she was “going for the cuckoo” until she realized the accident had caused damage to homes on the street.

Paola explains what happened: “I was in my house and I looked out the window and it was as calm as you want it to be. I went out looking for an anomaly and there was this wind.

“I was washing on the rope and it was spinning and tangling and the trees were going crazy. It was crazy.

“I went in and didn’t think much about it and later said to my husband and son ‘I think we have a hurricane today.’ They just looked at each other and laughed and told me I was going to cuckoo.

“Then my neighbor told me she had missing tiles on her roof. I went to our garden and our roof was loose, but my neighbor had gaping holes in her roof. Another neighbor said her venetian blinds were starting to go crazy.

A neighbor said the tiles were missing from her roof


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“My house is clean, but when I went upstairs, dust had loosened from the top of the wardrobe. My house is never dirty, so it doesn’t make sense? I wasn’t upstairs, so I don’t know how it happened.”

“It was so weird, crazy. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing because everywhere else was so quiet. It lasted about five minutes, then it was quiet again. But my husband and son thought I was crazy. But at least the wash dries quickly!”

Cornwall Live spoke to local weather enthusiast and expert Steve Jackson at Bubbly Weather Station who said they were not aware of such an occurrence, but said what is commonly described as a light tornado.

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