This is the moment a twister was spotted high in the skies over Wigan . Footage shows the phenomenon as it formed over Billinge Hill.
It was captured on camera by Joanne Tolley Cottom who described it as ‘the weirdest moment ever’.
She recorded the video from her salon, The Haus of Hair on Miry Lane Industrial Estate, on Tuesday afternoon, and says it was followed afterwards by around 30 minutes of horrendous wind and rain.
A spokesman for the Met Office examined the footage and confirmed the formation was in fact a funnel cloud – which is the same as a tornado, it just doesn’t reach the ground.
According to the Met Office, tornadoes occur across the globe, but are seen most often in North America.
In 2004, there were 1820 tornadoes in the USA – the most ever in a single year.