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Funnel cloud has friends in a spin!

Byline: SOPHIE BARLEY

MOTHER nature continued to amaze when a freak tornado-like cloud was spotted on Teesside.

The funnel cloud was seen in Great Ayton by healthcare workers Vicki Allinson and Nicola Moffitt.

Mum-of-four Nicola, 38, from Great Ayton, said she thought it looked "very strong" and could have caused some damage.

She said: "I was quite worried and scared when I saw it.

"It was there for a good few minutes so I thought it might cause damage.

"My little daughter was off school poorly so I was a bit worried about her at home. The whole thing was very surreal."

Vicki, 23, from Redcar, said: "I have never seen anything like that before.

"We were driving to Nicola's house in Great Ayton at the time while we were on our break.

The pair managed to catch the weather phenomenon on camera.

Vicki added: "When we got to her's we had to take a picture. It just looked really strange.

"We could see it spinning. It was very striking.

"It was there for about five or six minutes. You couldn't really miss it. When I went on to my next job my client said he also saw it."

A spokeswoman for The Met Office told the Gazette she believed it was a funnel cloud.

A funnel cloud consists of condensed water droplets and extends from the base of a cloud. They do not reach the ground - if they do they then become a tornado.

The spokeswoman added: "This looks like it could be the beginnings of a funnel cloud.

"When these form over water they are water spouts."

The cloud was spotted at about 11.30am on Wednesday.

Vicki added: "It was really bizarre and something you don't see often.

"It didn't seem to cause any damage and there wasn't any wind, just rain - it was quite rainy at the time."

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UNUSUAL: Vicky's snap of the funnel cloud, above Vicki Allinson and colleague Nicola Moffitt took a snap of a funnel cloud over Great Ayton Picture by IAN McINTYRE
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jul 22, 2011
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