Storm Gerrit: The scenes in Stalybridge after freak 'tornado' damages homes in Greater Manchester town

Greater Manchester Police and Tameside Council are working at the scene on Thursday morning.

Around 100 properties in the Carrbrook and Millbrook areas of Stalybridge had to be evacuated after a freak 'tornado' hit on Wednesday evening. Thankfully no injuries have been reported but residents have described the aftermath as "like a warzone".

Greater Manchester Police has however declared a major incident with a large-scale clean-up operation under way. These were the scenes on Thursday morning after the freak weather event struck shortly before midnight.