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Tornadoes: what you need to know

It's now been confirmed that south Cumbria was hit by a small tornado, but there's still plenty of confusion about what tornadoes are, and how they form.

Areas throughout the UK were shaken by tornadoes last night, and the Met Office has been tweeting to keep people informed.

  • As the tweet shows, tornadoes form when the sun heats the ground, causing warm air to rise and form clouds.
  • Falling rain then causes a strong downward force to counteract the rising air.
  • This causes the clouds to rotate; the rate at which they do so increases over several hours, and thunderstorms develop.
  • The updraughts narrow, rotating faster, and this rotation extends towards the ground as a funnel cloud.
  • Once it reaches the ground, it becomes a tornado.

Tornadoes in the UK can cause damage and disruption, but so far the south Cumbria tornado doesn't seem to have caused any serious injuries or damage.

The Met Office says the UK sees an average of 30 tornadoes every year.


Cumbrian woman dies on Everest trek

Altitude sickness happens when walkers reach high altitudes quickly. Credit: /Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

A woman from Lakeside near Newby Bridge has died while trekking in Nepal with her daughter.

Debra Wilding, 49, is believed to have died of altitude sickness, having fallen ill while returning from a trip to Everest Base Camp, which is 5,364 metres above sea level.

She was found in a hotel room in Khumjung and was airlifted to a hospital in Kathmandu.

"Her body is in the hospital and in the process of a post- mortem.

"We cannot say the cause of death yet but she was found in a hotel room. The doctors will say what happened. Her daughter is at the hospital."

– Nepalese Police spokesperson

The Foreign Office has also confirmed that a British national died in Nepal on Monday:

"We are aware of the death of a British national in Nepal on October 6, 2014.

"We are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time."

– Foreign Office


Loki here - Cumbria's answer to Banksy

South Cumbria has its very own Bansky. Artwork has appeared on buildings around Ulverston.

There's plenty of local speculation about who it may be but the council wants to know if locals view them as inspired paintings or nothing more than graffiti.

Two of the four pictures on a burnt-out shop Credit: ITV News Border
One of Loki's creations on the old brewery Credit: ITV News Border
Loki's picture on a gate on the A590 Credit: ITV News Border

Planning permission for GSK factory in Ulverston

The pharmaceutical giant now has outline planning permission Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire/Press Association Images

GlaxoSmithKline has been given outline planning permission to build a new bio-pharmaceutical plant at Ulverston.

The company says 700 jobs will be created during the construction of the plant.

It would be the company's first new factory in the UK for more than 40 years.

Cumbrian businesses debate devolution

How could more devolved powers for England affect companies in Cumbria? Business organisations in the county have welcomed the idea in principle but want to make sure it's done in the right way.

Tim Backshall has been to one engineering firm in South Cumbria which had supported the idea of Scottish independence but now believes there are great opportunities ahead if more powers are given to Northern England.

£25,000 of damage as trees are poisoned in Ulverston

£25,000 of damage has been done to trees in Ulverston.

Holes have been drilled into the roots of trees on Yewbarrow Road and poison poured in at some point between Tuesday, 1July and today, Tuesday 15 July.

“This is a shocking act of criminal damage, these trees will die in time due to the poison in the roots. We appeal for anyone with any information get in touch so we can make further enquiries and detect who is responsible for this crime.”

– PC Roy Williams, Ulverston & Lakes Neighbourhood Policing Team

Police are appealing for anyone with any information about the incident to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101 and ask to speak to PC Roy Williams.

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