Tornado-Like Funnels Captured Over Cornwall As Torrential Rain And Flash Floods Hit Parts Of The UK

A series of tornado-like funnels have been caught as they spiraled across Cornwall and other parts of the country yesterday.

Flash floods hit some parts of the UK as a month’s worth of rain fell in 12 hours.

Footage captured by Damon Webb shows one twister spiralling above the ground on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent.

And in south east Cornwall, a funnel cloud was captured over houses in Saltash. Last week a similar cloud was filmed over Fowey.

Weather experts declared the phenomenon was a funnel clouds, stressing it only becomes a tornado if it touches the ground.

Britain sees around 30 to 35 tornadoes each year, though they rarely cause significant damage.

The funnels were seen as the British summer took a depressing turn.

In parts of eastern England, more than a month’s worth of rain fell in just 12 hours.

Torrential downpours caused flash floods in parts of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and heavy rain also affected the World Athletics Championships at the London Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Met Office figures showed 58mm of rainfall was recorded at Painshill Reservoir in Surrey in just 12 hours during Wednesday – more than the county’s August average monthly rainfall of 56.8mm.

Some of the worst flooding was reported near the port city of Hull in East Yorkshire. An area in Withernsea was submerged under three feet of standing water.

A spokesman for Humberside Fire and Rescue Service said: “From 7pm we received calls relating to flooding in Withernsea.

“The water is three feet deep in some streets and this is where there is a real risk of homes flooding and we are keeping a close eye on them.

“There are also reports of cellars flooding in some pubs in the town.”

Numerous incidents were also reported across the Grimsby and Immingham areas.

There were also flood-related incidents further south.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service received calls to incidents of localised flooding, while standing water in south-east London, caused disruption to trains between Dartford and the capital.

Competitors at the World Athletics’ Championship at the London Stadium had to battle a deluge of torrential rain with the track and long-jump run-ups under streams of water and thousands of spectators soaked by the persistent rain.

The worst of the wet weather is now over, although some rain was still falling in London early during Thursday’s rush-hour.

But it should clear up for most of the UK during Thursday.

Much of the country, apart from north-west and far east, should enjoy a fine, clear day with plenty of sunshine.

It will feel quite warm in the sunshine with top temperatures around London expected to reach 23C.

But this will be short-lived with more widespread rain arriving on Friday, although it is not expected to be as heavy as Wednesday’s downpours.

The weekend should also be pleasant with fine weather predicted for Saturday and Sunday and just the occasional shower.