Somerset tornado sighting stuns driver on A37 near Ilchester
Stunned drivers in Somerset saw what appeared to be a tornado on the horizon yesterday afternoon.
The photo and video below was captured by Rob Shaddick while he was driving along the A37 near Ilchester at around 4pm on Saturday.
The image shows a tornado-like cloud formation over the nearby fields alongside the A37.
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Similar sights have been spotted in North Somerset and over the Bristol Channel during the past few months.
The most likely explanation is that it was a funnel cloud.
Speaking about a similar tornado sighting in Clevedon, a Met Office spokesman said: "Funnel clouds are formed when the weather is 'unstable' and showery.
"Tornadoes are narrow, spinning columns of air that reach the ground from cumulonimbus (thunderstorm) clouds. As they develop we often see funnel shaped clouds extending from the base of the cloud and it is only when these funnel clouds touch the ground that we get a tornado.
"If the funnel cloud touches down at sea we get a waterspout."
Did you see it? Watch Rob's video below...