UK bikers get whipped by tornado

Freak weather puts wind up bike fans

What the scene could have looked like, yesterday - probably

A GROUP of bikers reported a tornado on the Pennines near Alston yesterday afternoon.

Onlookers gathered at Hartside Café on the A686 to watch the black, spinning, funnel-shaped rain cloud.

Dave Withers, who was one of the group said: "There was a commotion and suddenly everyone started taking pictures.

"We all looked up and saw this massive black rain cloud in the distance and this cone shape was starting to form at the bottom of it."

Mr Withers said the crowd watched the tornado for about half-an-hour before it broke up.

It is understood that the tornado caused no major damage and that people in nearby Alston were largely unaware that it had happened.

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