Images show houses in both Chertsey and Shepperton with tiles stripped from roofs and debris in roads and gardens, with the Met Office even confirming the shocking incident on their Twitter page. They said: “There have been reports of a tornado in Chertsey, Surrey this morning. The radar image on the left shows the heavy shower that would have caused it.
“The Doppler image on the right shows relative motion of rain droplets; the circled area highlights the rapid circulation.”
The Met Office also posted pictures to accompany the tornados.
Residents posted images and videos onto Twitter as they wait for the tornado to pass from their homes.
One video showed violent gusts of wind from a back garden with trees bending in the background under the enormous pressure of the winds.
One video showed violent gusts of wind from a back garden with trees bending
Runnymede Police said in a statement they had "numerous reports" of fallen trees
It was posted by Hilary Cantor, who posted a caption with the video which also showed flooding.
She said: “Our back garden in Chertsey. Sewage flooding and toilets out of action. Env. Agency budget cut after last flooding just 6 years ago #flooding.”
Runnymede Police said in a statement to the London Evening Standard that they have received "numerous reports" of fallen trees while roads have been closed.
The statement added: “Please respect road closures to allow our partners to clear them; stay aware of possible further trees falling; drive carefully.”
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There have been reports of a tornado in Chertsey, Surrey this morning. The radar image on the left shows the heavy shower that would have caused it. The Doppler image on the right shows relative motion of rain droplets; the circled area highlights the rapid circulation pic.twitter.com/waYvXrrB1Q— Met Office (@metoffice) December 21, 2019
It comes amid reports of 99 flood warnings and 235 flood alerts that have been issued across the country.
The weather has sparked travel chaos in the days remaining before Christmas as shoppers hit the high streets to buy the last of their gifts for family and friends.
Despite torrential rain and brutal winds, Christmas Day for many in the south will be relatively dry.
In Scotland, with plunging temperatures, a white Christmas is a possible outcome.
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This was a violent extratropical cyclone that occurred on the night of 15–16 October
Met Office forecaster Bonnie Diamond said: "On Christmas Day there is the potential for snow to fall over high ground in Scotland.
"A light flurry may be expected."
There will be a drop to below freezing as the UK approaches Christmas Day.
Lows of -4C (24.8F) are expected in northern England and Scotland. However on the day itself, the UK will have a bright period, with light winds overnight on December 24.
One of the most memorable storms was the Great Storm of 1987
In total, there are four severe weather warnings between now and Christmas Day.
There will be fog and rain in Northern Ireland and also in southern England.
A yellow fog warning has been raised by the Met Office for the next two days.
Tornadoes are rare in the UK, but one of the most memorable was the Great Storm of 1987.
This was a violent extratropical cyclone that occurred on the night of 15–16 October, with hurricane-force winds causing casualties in England, France and the Channel Islands.
It was caused by a depression in the Bay of Biscay which unexpectedly moved northeast.