FLINTSHIRE is experiencing the kind of freak weather seen only once in a lifetime, including a spectacular tornado.
This photograph – taken by Leader photographer Rick Matthews from Hilbre Island – shows the tornado over the Mostyn/Ffynnongroyw area at noon yesterday (July 8).
At the same time people living in the area reported either extremely heavy rain or hail.Met Office spokesman Sancha Lancaster says the phenomenon is described as a funnel cloud until it touches the ground, when it becomes a tornado and causes destruction.Bagillt Community Council chairman Mike Reece reported a minute of heavy rain in the village at the time and Ffynnongroyw county councillor Dolly Banks said there was very heavy hail there and heard there was particularly torrential rain in Mostyn."It's very strange for July, and there's more to come," said Cllr Banks. "God knows where it's all coming from, it's beyond us."Sancha Lancaster said the weather currently being experienced in Britain was a 'once in 80 year event'.