Large 'waterspout' captured over the River Mersey

Huge 'waterspout' spotted over River Mersey on an offshore windfarm Credit: Phil Keating

A huge 'waterspout' was spotted over River Mersey near Liverpool yesterday ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend getaway.

The unusual phenomenon descends from a cloud, and does not "spout" from the water despite its name.

Phil Keating, team leader with the offshore emergency response team at the wind farm, captured the tornado-like phenomenon, as the Met Office issues a yellow warning for severe weather over the Bank Holiday weekend.