"It was definitely a twisting motion. I could see grown men on a garage forecourt crying, holding their ears.
" It was like breaking matches. Ladypool Road is a write-off."
Brian Cassidy, a 30-yearold carpenter, from Balsall Heath, who was on Ladypool Road. He raced from his vehicle and went to the aid of a woman, her daughter and niece who were inside the house with no roof.
"We were at the back of our shop on our dinner break then the rain came. You could see it whizzing bricks and slates all along the road." Trena Harper
"It was like somebody had turned the lights out." Lisa Stringer
The Kings Heath shopworkers were on a lunch break and standing behind the Birthdays shop in the affected block when the tornado struck the suburb. "The chimneys are down in our road and there's a lot of cars damaged. I've got no fence panels in my garden.
"A great big tree is also down, which is great because it stops the sun at about 5pm. That's one good thing." Heather Bristow, a 29-yearold systems security coordinator, in Moseley
"We were in a Kings Heath supermarket car park. We got out of the car and the rain came so heavily.
"People were running inside to get out of it. Then we saw roof tiles flying around and then trees landing on the road.
"It was just really bad and odd.
"It was over really quickly and quite scary.
"The sky just went a really odd colour, browny not grey. It was like night-time and then it was over as soon as it started." Leyla Turkoglu, an 18-yearold studying English at University College London.
"I was replacing roof slates that had fallen off when it suddenly got dark within 30 seconds. All the birds flew away, then all the rubbish blew in the air.
"I knew straight away what was happening, that it was a tornado. As it started to get dark I said to my friend it's going to rain really heavily so I climbed down off the roof then that's when it started.
"Everyone was screaming and running into shops for cover.
"The whole thing lasted only about two and a half minutes then it was all over.
"The area afterwards was like a bomb had blown up. I've never seen anything like it.
"It's going to take a long time to clear the area, it's ruined the area around here." Naheem Malik, 24, a painter who was replacing slates on the roof of a shop near his home in Sparkbrook.
"The sky went black and everybody started looking around. Suddenly there was a rush of wind and the windows were being battered by all manner of objects.
"I hid under the table as all the windows were smashed in by flying bins and bits of roof from the Woolworths store across the road. I was frightened the glass would hit me.
"A few people had cuts but but it's amazing that there wasn't anybody seriously hurt."
Karen Swift, 33, from Moseley, was at the Job Centre in Kings Heath when the tornado struck.
"It was quite incredible. It must have been 500ft high and about 300ft across. I saw it go straight down Church Street just after 1pm.
"I heard a rumble like a freight train and looked out of the window to see this massive column of circulating air. It blocked out the entire window and was moving very, very slowly.
"The sky suddenly went completely black and literally bits of tree and small animals and goodness knows what else were all flying around in the vortex.
"A film crew was filming an episode of Dalziel and Pascoe at the Jug of Ale pub and they all had to run for cover." Tony King, works on Alcester Road in Moseley.
"We looked out the window because one of the lads said he could see stuff flying around in the air and we wanted to see what it was.
"Newspaper and bits of wood and loads of stuff was flying around in a circle. It came through the park ripping trees up. It went really dark. It was a bit like the film Twister. We couldn't believe it.
"When it went across the pub we were inside but we could feel the wind rushing through. We didn't realise what it was at the time. Some of the shops nearby were devastated." Vincent O'Neil, a builder who was working at the Warwick pub in Stratford Road.
"It went extremely dark and an amazing wind came up. Then I realised it was blowing in a circle direction. All the trees were blowing in a circle.
The wind became incredibly loud. Our next door neighbour's window was blown out. Our chimney was knocked down and the bricks went through the car windscreen." A Moseley resident
"I was having a cigarette out of my bedroom window when the tornado struck.
"It was absolutely spinning with branches and leaves caught up on it. I closed the window and a brick struck it.
"I saw a black VW Polo reversing quickly down the road. By the time it had passed the car was facing the opposite direction, all the windows blown in and the driver in a crash position with his hands cupped over his ears.
"He drove away so I think he was okay, but he couldn't have escaped injury." Jumshad Khan, a resident of Sandford Road, Moseley
"I was walking down the road today in Small Heath and I was lifted about 2ft off the ground and thrown into the bus stop. I'm not sure what I was more shocked by the tornado throwing me up in the air or the bus turning up on time!" Clayton Cruise