Nearly 100 houses had their roofs damaged by the high winds and rain and several cars have been damaged by fallen trees and broken fences, in Hayling Island, Portsmouth.
One homeowner found a kayak had been swept into their garden - with no idea where it had come from.
Hampshire Constabulary confirmed they had received reports of disruption caused by the unusual weather.
A Havant Council spokesman said the mini-tornado is believed to have caused damage to properties in Blackthorn Road and Ilex Walk although no injuries had been reported.
He said: 'Emergency services are at the scene and Havant Borough Council (HBC) is working with Hampshire County Council Highways to clean up the debris.
'HBC building control officers are assessing the damage to the affected properties and more will be known once inspections have been carried out.'
Cheryl Hart told Portsmouth News the tornado sounded like 'a freight train hurtling along the road'.
She said: 'It woke me up. You could hear it coming. It sounded like a freight train coming up the road.
'You could actually see it. It's difficult to describe but it was like a big grey wall. I didn't see any rubbish or debris in it - just a big grey wall of wind.
'We have just got a bit of damage to our garden but other homes have been hit.
'One has a kayak that has been blown into the garden. No-one knows where it has come from.'
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