Unusual funnel clouds spotted by eagle-eyed residents
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Two funnel clouds have been captured on camera within 15 minutes of one another.
The cone-shaped clouds were spotted above Elm Road in March amid a gloomy afternoon in the Fens today (Thursday).
One person who witnessed the unusual sight said the clouds were visible for only a matter of minutes.
They said: “The first cloud was at 2.30pm and lasted about two minutes, and the second was at 2.46pm and lasted about five minutes.
“It was amazing as we don’t see many of them, especially not as amazing as the second one.”
Funnel clouds extend towards the ground without reaching the surface and in the UK, they usually appear as thin strands of rope, according to the Met Office.
The clouds, known as ‘tuba’, are formed when a rotating column of wind draws in cloud droplets, the same way as a tornado is created.
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The Met Office say the UK sees between 30-35 tornadoes a year, although it is “very rare” they would cause significant damage.