BREAKING NEWS: Met Office confirm it was a tornado that hit Rugby

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THE Met Office has this morning (Wednesday) confirmed that a tornado did hit the town last night.

Dozens of reports of a funnel cloud were reported to the Met Office at around 6pm last night in Rugby.

A spokesman for the Met Office told the Advertiser this morning: “A funnel cloud is a rotating column of air coming down from a thunder cloud.

“If they don’t hit the ground then it remains a funnel cloud. If the funnel cloud hits the ground then it becomes a tornado at that point.

“Having looks at the pictures of the damage we can see the cloud did hit the ground and it became a tornado. The damage is consistent with a tornado.”

The Met Office also said that yesterday’s weather conditions in Rugby were right for a tornado.

The spokesman said: “You need a lot of big thunder clouds for a funnel cloud to form, like we had yesterday. There was a lot of activity going on in the atmosphere yesterday.”

A severe weather warning remains in place today for Rugby. It is currently at the ‘be aware’ level, according to the Met Office.

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