The tornado was seen building up over the sea from the coast of Carvoeiro at around 1pm and when it hit land it proceeded to cause havoc in Carvoeiro, Lagoa and on into Silves.
According to a report by the Portuguese newspaper Público, ten people were injured during the tornado with two of them sustaining serious injuries while other people were treated by INEM for psychological issues.
Workers were already busy trying to replace roof tiles of properties while a porta cabin had been tipped in the tornado on the outskirts of the resort.
One of the golf buggies used at the resort was said to be found several kilometres away from the resort after the tornado carried it across the local area.
The properties next to O Branco restaurant saw damage to roof tiles and trees blown down.
One witness who lives in Quinta do Paraiso told Tomorrow Carvoeiro: “We heard a loud noise coming from outside so I opened the door to see what was going on.
“It took all our force to be able to shut the door and we stood, petrified for around 10 seconds as the tornado passed our house.”
Children from the local primary school in Carvoeiro were evacuated from the school after a bolt of lightning hit the neighbouring church on the cliff top.
Parents of children at the primary school were called at 2pm to come and pick up their children because they were all too scared to stay in the building after the lightening bolt.
One parent told Tomorrow Carvoeiro: “The school called me and all I could hear was screaming children in the background. I was told all the children were safe but scared and that I needed to get to the school to take them home.
A search and rescue helicopter could be seen flying over Carvoeiro and the local area into the afternoon, assessing the damage, while members of edp worked on repairing lines and the Bombeiros worked to clear debris off roads.
Traffic coming from Portimão was backed up to the new bridge as emergency services worked to clear the section of road next to the large round about as large trees had been uprooted, signs blown down and properties on the opposite side to the road to the petrol station had sustained large levels of damage.
A witness in Lagoa told Tomorrow Carvoeiro: “I went into one of the apartments after the tornado had hit and the place was destroyed. The owner told me that as the tornado hit his windows blew and his television flew off the wall.
“His apartment is destroyed, outside and in and is going to take a lot of work to put right again.”
In Silves emergency services were called to the area near to the municipal swimming pool and running track, a popular area for motor homes to park during the winter months.
News reports on Portuguese television showed the motorhomes had been flipped onto their sides and their owners had been injured because of this. It was here that the two serious injuries occurred.
One witness told Tomorrow Carvoeiro: “There were cars turned on their sides and trees had been blown over everywhere. We were scared for our lives at one point.”
WAS IT A TORNADO?
A spokesman from the institute of meteorology has said that although the conditions in the Algarve could have caused a tornado today they would need a few days to examine data to be able to determine if it was an offical tornado or not.
The conditions for further tornados remains in the Algarve until at least tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon