This footage appeared to show a tornado tearing through a field on Merseyside.
The astonishing video was filmed by Peter Acko in Kirkby as it picks up derbis and hurls it across the field.
It was one of many sightings that were reported on social media yesterday including many of funnel clouds.
Picture of a tornado touching down in Rainford, Merseyside last night 😱
— Wirral Weather (@Wirral_Weather) June 1, 2018
However, the Met Office have since said that it WAS NOT a tornado that touched down in Kirkby.
They have confirmed that it was actually a Dust Devil, which are much more harmless than tornadoes.
The Met Office said: “They are usually harmless, but are comparable to tornadoes in that both involve a vertical column of rotating air, however tornadoes are much larger.”
Here’s the amazing moment what looked like a tornado ripping through a Merseyside field 🌪️ pic.twitter.com/ccNRcIdapN
— Tom Munns (@TomMunns1) June 1, 2018
The extreme weather formed as Merseyside was put on yellow weather warnings for thunderstorms and torrential rain.
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.
— Lynne Warham (@lynnewarham) May 31, 2018
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.
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”.
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