Homes and vehicles have been left devastated after a powerful tornado ravaged Surrey on Saturday.

Police were called to numerous reports of trees down in Chertsey and have warned locals to drive with caution.

A resident captured the moment struck in dramatic CCTV, with fence panels torn away from his back garden by strong winds.

One family impacted was the Melham family from Ottershaw, who were among those worst affected.

Annalie, in tears, said her friends and family were helping them sweep up the damage at their home.

She told Surrey Live: "I was in the top bedroom and literally the house began to shake, I looked out the window and started to scream as all I could see was debris going past.

"It was the most terrifying experience, but it was very quick. We've got holes in the roof, five vehicles with smashed windows and dents."

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Her friend, Paula Webb, who also lives on the estate, described the moment the tornado hit.

"All I can remember is it was really heavy rain, I looked outside and it was so dark, it sounded almost like it was a plane taking off, you could see the trees were literally bent over," she said.

"It was over in seconds, I could just see the tiles off roofs and all the fencing down."

One resident captured the moment struck in dramatic CCTV, with fence panels torn away from his back garden

The Surrey Fire and Rescue Service estimates that 20 houses and 10 cars were damaged in the tornado.

Eyewitness Chris Thornton told Surrey Live: “Initially it was just like this, a normal, calm day, but then out of nowhere there was this rushing noise that developed into a roaring noise.

“I looked out the window and there was rain going past horizontally and it only lasted for about a minute or so.

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Trees blown over by the powerful winds

“I thought I better come out and have a look – it was just a scene of devastation.

“It’s taken off a part of my roofing felt on the garage. The wind must have been circling, it’s as violent a wind as I have ever seen.”

Emergency services attended homes in Ottershaw to ensure roof tiles were safe.

Philip Passey, 61, described the moment the tornado hit.

He said: “All of a sudden there was a huge roar and everything was flying around the garden.

“It was scary, I’ve never heard anything like it. My neighbour said he thought it was a tsunami, such was the roar.

“You freeze. You think you would run and hide but I just stood there watching. It’s afterwards that the shock sets in.”

Local Steve said: “Unfortunately people on our estate (have been) evacuated. The damage is incredible.”

Incident Commander Tim Readings said: “We got called here at about 10.30am to a report of a tornado.

"There are in excess of 20 houses with damaged roofs and 10 private cars that have been damaged by falling tiles. There are fences and trees down.

“We are using two aerial appliances, one from Leatherhead and one from Guildford, and firefighters from various stations to make it safe and remove any dangerous tiles and support residents, because obviously this has happened right before Christmas so we are doing everything we can.

“The residents have been great, very supportive.”

Surrey Police later confirmed that nobody was hurt in the storm, but many families have been left needing vital repairs to their homes or vehicles just days before Christmas.