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Reports of 'mini tornado' in Newport

Residents of Goya Close in Newport have reported seeing a 'mini tornado' earlier today. Credit: ITV Wales

The Met Office says it has received unconfirmed reports of a tornado in Newport.

It says a squally band of rain is likely to have generated the weather phenomenon.

A squally band of rain was reported to have generated a tornado earlier this morning on the northeast side of Newport.

In these very unstable weather situations large thunderstorms are generated which can be accompanied by large variations in wind speed and direction with height through the cloud mass.

When this happens the air can start to rotate to generate the funnel cloud (a tornado not reaching the ground), which can extend down to the surface to give the official tornado.

– Met Office

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