A mini twister was spotted on Sunday by Bexhill residents out and about.
One of them was Richard Greenlow who said: “My wife first noticed the funnel cloud forming as we left Pebsham in the car, travelling to Bexhill Old Town. When we arrived at our destination around 1pm in the Penland Wood estate, the twister had formed over Hastings.
“It was seen for about 20 minutes by myself and our family and neighbours, before it tilted and dispersed.
“We couldn’t see from our viewpoint whether it touched ground or not. We were excited and awe-inspired to see such a rare weather phenomenon in this part of the world. I posted pictures on my facebook page but no one commented that they had seen it, so we consider ourselves very lucky to have been witnesses.”
David Powell, borough meteorologist, said such “phenomena” usually happened in thundery weather: “On Sunday afternoon we had a northerly wind in one direction clashing with a south westerly one, causing the mini-twister or waterspout.”