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VIDEO: 'Mini tornado' caught on camera in Barrowford

Lancashire Telegraph: The twister lasted for about 10 minutes in total The twister lasted for about 10 minutes in total

A 'MINI tornado' tearing through a field was captured on camera by a shocked resident as it swept past her back yard.

Abigail Salkeld, from Barrowford, said the swirling wind which caused freshly cut grass to be whipped up was like nothing she had ever seen before.

And the quick-thinking 23-year-old managed to film the funnel cloud on her phone as it made its way past her house.

Abigail, of Bankfold, said she watched in horror as the rotating column of air came close to the window.

She said: “At first, it took a while to register what it actually was. Once I realised, I really panicked.

“My first thought was where is my cat Coco?

“She was inside thankfully and although all our holiday washing was out, at no point was I prepared to go and get it.”

The East Lancashire NHS sonographer, who also runs chair cover hire company My Chair Covers from her home, said she might not have noticed the natural phenomenon had hay in the fields at the back of her house not been recently cut.

She said: “I was just taking some covers out of the washing in the kitchen and was talking to my mother-in-law-to-be. I saw a lot of grass in the air behind her.

“It moved from the centre of the field down towards the house, so we were worried.

“But then it began to move back away, so I thought it was safe to video.

“I thought my fiance would not believe us, so I needed to take a video.”

The twister lasted for about 10 minutes in total, making its way away from the village and finally ending in the nearby countryside.

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7:08am Tue 24 Jun 14

BuckoTheMoose says...

Great video of a rare phenomenon, but I have to ask, why is it always, "Watched in horror", and "Really panicked"?

Is it just the reporters trying to spice up the story? Well then it isn't necessary and it's silly.
Or are they real quotes? Can people not just say, "Wow!", and then watch something exciting and out of the ordinary, without having to feel some modern, off the shelf emotion, that makes them into some kind of victim?

Great video though. I have a similar one taken on the coast of Ipsos (Where you would more expect to see one than Barrowford). Luckily on holiday, you usually have a camera to hand.
Great video of a rare phenomenon, but I have to ask, why is it always, "Watched in horror", and "Really panicked"? Is it just the reporters trying to spice up the story? Well then it isn't necessary and it's silly. Or are they real quotes? Can people not just say, "Wow!", and then watch something exciting and out of the ordinary, without having to feel some modern, off the shelf emotion, that makes them into some kind of victim? Great video though. I have a similar one taken on the coast of Ipsos (Where you would more expect to see one than Barrowford). Luckily on holiday, you usually have a camera to hand. BuckoTheMoose
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7:57am Tue 24 Jun 14

site supervisor says...

At least the washing dryed quicker :-}
At least the washing dryed quicker :-} site supervisor
  • Score: 10

8:07am Tue 24 Jun 14

anonymous_ says...

Would Jessica Cree care to clarify whether this was a "Twister", a "(caps lock)MINI tornado", "swirling wind" or a "funnel cloud" ? :/

Here's a video from National Geographic of some children having fun playing in one.

http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=lheEu2prf
zU

:)
Would Jessica Cree care to clarify whether this was a "Twister", a "(caps lock)MINI tornado", "swirling wind" or a "funnel cloud" ? :/ Here's a video from National Geographic of some children having fun playing in one. http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=lheEu2prf zU :) anonymous_
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9:48am Tue 24 Jun 14

GracesDad says...

"Once I realised, I really panicked."

Yeah that must've been terrifying, a bit of grass going round in a circle!!!
"Once I realised, I really panicked." Yeah that must've been terrifying, a bit of grass going round in a circle!!! GracesDad
  • Score: 11

2:54pm Tue 24 Jun 14

thoroughbred says...

I've had stronger wind coming from my rear end, but I didn't panic!
I've had stronger wind coming from my rear end, but I didn't panic! thoroughbred
  • Score: 1

4:17pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Benpupdog says...

It did £1:37 pence worth of damage !!!!!
It did £1:37 pence worth of damage !!!!! Benpupdog
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