Tornado lifts caravan in the air - with granddad relaxing inside
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A grandfather has told how a powerful tornado lifted his caravan into the air - while he was trying to relax inside.
David Sinclair, a security guard at the Long Sutton Butterfly and Wildlife Park attraction, described how he felt like a "tennis ball in a tumble drier" as the twister carried his caravan through a paddock and dropped him in a field in Long Sutton, Lincs, leaving him squashed under his fridge.
He eventually managed to free himself and get to a nearby farmhouse for help.
According to the Daily Mail, he said: "My immediate reaction was, 'this can't be good'. It started spinning violently over and over again.
"It felt like I was a tennis ball in a tumble dryer as I smashed against the walls, into cupboards and appliances.
"When it eventually came to a halt I was pretty badly hurt I was wedged in and had the fridge on top of me.
"There was even a rally sharp shared of plastic from one of the battered windows inches from my eye."
Michael Cross, of Long Sutton Butterfly and Wildlife Park, said the caravan looked like someone had "taken a tin opener to it".
He said: 'It's unbelievable the way it has just touched down, wrecked the caravan, and disappeared.
"The caravan was a total wreck. The tornado just rolled it over and over until it slammed into the fence next to the buffalo paddock.
"It's travelled quite a distance and now it just looks like someone has taken a tin opener to it."
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