Copenhagen devastated by tornado … almost

Residents of Albertslund left shaken by high winds that tore through Copenhagen suburb

In 1962, over 100 buildings in Holstebro in western Jutland were damaged by the strongest tornado to ever visit Denmark’s shores.

It was a day many in Albertslund may have themselves looked back upon on Friday afternoon, as a tornado tore through the Copenhagen suburb.

At around 13:30, strong winds caused destruction and terror in the neighbourhood, with one house having its roof blown off and others losing the odd tile. No injuries were reported.

According to TV2, it has all the tell-tale signs of a tornado. The twister was likely hidden in the heavy rainstorm that moved across Zealand at the end of last week.

Fenja Lystlund, who was in the area, told Albertslund Posten: “Suddenly everything swirled around. The flowers were thrown around as if they were matches and taken off our patio. I shouted to the girls to hurry in. It was very violent.”

170km/h wind speeds
In a tornado of this category – EF-0 to EF-1 – wind speeds can reach up to 170km per hour. This one in particular left a trail of destruction nearing two km in length.

Just last year Denmark was struck by another tornado: that time overturning cars outside the hospital in Aabenraa in southern Jutland.