Berkeley residents were left perplexed when large amounts of seaweed started to rain down from the sky.
Weather experts believe that a freak twister would have picked up the seaweed from a beach 20 miles away and transported it inland before raining it down over the town. 55-year-old Dr Richard Overton went out in to his garden afterwards and managed to collect up a whole bucket of it. "I looked out of the window after a very big storm finished and to my amazement there were lots of flakes of seaweed scattered over the garden," he said.
Ian Fergusson from the Met Office was able to provide his take on how the incident occurred. "If one of the funnel clouds touched down onto the beach, making it a tornado, it could have quite possible picked up the seaweed and other debris if the tide was out and then later dumped it down the road at Berkeley Heath," he said.
"They were stunned to find their homes, gardens and cars littered with the smelly marine algae after a stormy weather spout swept up the debris from a beach 20 miles away."
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