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'Twister' captured on film over the Solway coast

A Carlisle man captured this dramatic moment when a tornado appeared off the Cumbrian coast.

Mike McDonald photo
Mike McDonald

Mike McDonald, 63, was in Silloth when he spotted the freak weather system.

He said: “I thought it was a vapour trail from an aeroplane at first, but when it became clearer it was obviously a tornado.

“It was an amazing sight. It was about two to three miles long and almost touching the water.

“Myself and my cousin Pat Toman took some pictures and got some video footage of it.

“We could see it for about five minutes before it moved down the Solway,” added Mr McDonald.

Mr McDonald, who is semi-retired and lives in Orton Road, Carlisle, had been taking family members on a tour of west Cumbria last Wednesday.

“My family are over from Ireland for the first time in five years,” he said.

“I took them on a little tour down the west coast to Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport.

“We were coming back up the coast road, by Allonby, and we decided to stop in Silloth.

“And that’s when we spotted it.

“I’ve never seen anything like it before; I’m surprised more people didn’t report it,” he added.

Have your say

I recorded a twister also a while back and the picture was later found to hold an image of a UFO. It was later researched at Manchester Uni and appeared on the UFO Hunters TV show in the States. This features in my last book, UFO:The Search for Truth. One of the US team was particularly interested in UFOs near twisters.

Posted by Pat Regan on 15 September 2010 at 17:16

wat a load of rubbish its a twister not a ufo lol

Posted by tony on 6 September 2010 at 11:46

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