Tornado warning issued for parts of UK as brutal winds expected

People have been sharing dramatic photos of huge grey clouds in the sky as The UK’s Tornado and Storm Research Organisation issues the warning for the south east of England

A tornado warning has been issued for parts of the UK, according to reports.

The UK’s Tornado and Storm Research Organisation has given the warning for the south of England until 7pm.

People have been sharing dramatic photos of grey clouds online from different parts of the country including Sheffield, Ramsgate in Kent and Selsey in West Sussex.

The Met Office said they have issued thunderstorm warnings for the south east of the country, from the Isle of Wight through to London and up to the Chelmsford area, Essex. 

However the Met Office was not able to confirm reports of a tornado warning.

A statement from the UK’s Tornado and Storm Research Organisation on Facebook says: “An upper trough will continue to move ESE this afternoon across the area. 

“Showers and thunderstorms have developed. 

“Fairly steep low-level lapse rates, along with some low-level convergence/wind shift lines has allowed a couple of funnel cloud/potential tornado reports to come in already, and one or two more weak tornadoes are possible this afternoon.(sic).”

Torrential rain and howling winds have been battering most of the country today – leaving tourists on Britain’s beaches running for cover.

The Met Office earlier warned more than half a month’s worth of rain could fall in just two to three hours.

A separate warning for heavy rain was issued for an area including Manchester, Liverpool and parts of North Wales.