Tornado strikes March

A MINI tornado struck in March yesterday (Thursday), and residents were quick to grab their cameras. The black funnel followed a thunderstorm across the town at around 10.30 am and ripped across rooftops. A spokesman for the Met Office said: These pictur

A MINI tornado struck in March yesterday (Thursday), and residents were quick to grab their cameras.

The black funnel followed a thunderstorm across the town at around 10.30 am and ripped across rooftops.

A spokesman for the Met Office said: "These pictures show a funnel cloud, which is a tornadic development that doesn't make contact with the ground.

Dave Jones was out in Turves trainspotting when he saw the tornado on the horizon.


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"It was a bit of a surprise but it made a change from photographing trains," he said. "It wasn't really frightening - just spectacular."

No damage was reported in Fenland but the tornado eventually lifted a portable building into the air at Baston, on Cambridgeshire's border with Lincolnshire, injuring five people including archaeology students who were taking shelter from the storm.

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The Met Office spokesman added that the weather conditions were "just right" for this phenomenon to occur.

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