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After the storm, a twist in the tale.

Byline: HEATHER RAMSAY

TWISTING its way across the countryside, a tornado looms menacingly - over Scotland.

But thankfully the storm passed over rural Aberdeenshire without leaving a dreaded trail of destruction.

Stunned onlookers braced themselves for the worst as the dark and instantly recognisable phenomenon appeared overhead.

One said: "It looked quite spectacular.

"I watched the clouds twisting into a cone shape and, within a few seconds, it had grown down to meet the ground."

The Met Office said that weather conditions - warm and cloudy weather with rain - had been right for a twister.

A spokesman said: "If it reaches the ground or sea then it is a tornado.

"There was lots of rain and showers so the weather conditions were right."

Grampian Police said it had received no reports of storm damage.

The tornado was spotted near Oldmeldrum on Monday afternoon.

Tornados in the USA commonly reach speeds of over 200mph.

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