Amazing pictures show funnel clouds forming over Merseyside and there could be more to come

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CREDIT:  Lynne Warham

Many Merseyside residents took to twitter to show funnel clouds forming over the Kirkby area on Thursday.

Another resident also took terrifying video footage of a tornado tearing through a field.

The astonishing video was filmed by Peter Acko in Kirkby as the tornado picks up debris and hurls it across the field.

READ MORE: Frightening footage shows a tornado tearing through a Merseyside field

Merseyside is on further weather warnings through Friday as thunderstorms and heavy rain are predicted to batter region.

This type of weather could even lead to more funnel cloud or tornado sightings.

The Met Office warns that lightning and heavy rain could lead to further flooding and power cuts from 12am – 9pm on Friday.

As the rain will be very heavy at times, areas that do see rain could see severe flooding and the forecaster warns that it could pose a risk to life.

READ MORE: Merseyside issued more weather warnings as region told to expect TWO DAYS of thunderstorms and torrential downpours

The Met Office say: “There is a small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater causing danger to life.

“Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services.

“There is a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost”.

A funnel cloud is a funnel-shaped cloud of condensed water droplets, associated with a rotating column of wind, but not reaching the ground or a water surface.

They are most frequently in association with supercell thunderstorm and are only classed as a tornado if they reach the ground.

It is claimed that the UK gets more tornadoes per square kilometre than the USA, but not more tornadoes in total.

On average, around 30 tornadoes are reported each year in the UK, although these are generally much weaker than their American counterparts.

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