Captured in this heart-stopping footage, a twister was spotted swirling on the horizon near Plymouth.
The weather event is known as a waterspout – and forms when a funnel-shaped spiral connects storm clouds with the sea.
The twister was spotted at around 11am on The Hoe.
ITV West Country viewer Katie Almond took this image of what she believes was a tornado off Portland today. In fact, our weatherman Bob Crampton tells us that it is a funnel cloud. to be a tornado it has to touch the ground. Whatever it is, it perhaps shows how the weather has changed in the last few days.
If you ring the coastguard in east Devon or Dorset, the chances are that a call centre in another part of the country will deal with it. From today the rescue co-ordination centre in Weymouth is being wound down and will be closed altogether by Friday.
It's provoked a heartfelt response from sailors, fishermen and boat owners who were among hundreds who gathered to say farewell to the lifesaving team.
The national operations centre in Hampshire opened last week. By next spring it will be at full speed. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency insists that its response will be as good or better than now, with local volunteer rescue teams and lifeboat crews responding as before.
The handover is gradual, but will be complete by next week. Then the former Customs House in Portland will be sold
Hundreds of people have lined the harbourside in Weymouth as more than fifty boats took part in a lap of honour of the harbour to salute Portland Coastguard.
Operations start to transfer to a new national centre in Hampshire from tomorrow. It marks an end of more than 35 years of service in Dorset.
You might think that rocks playing music that's controlled by the weather sounds strange. And it is according to those on Portland who've been experiencing it this week.
They also say it's very beautiful and thought provoking. It's one of a series of art installations around the island.
Our Dorset Correspondent Duncan Sleightholme reports:
People on Portland are being entertained and intrigued by a series of art installations. At the Bill, a computer is translating weather into music. Speakers hidden among the rocks play different sounds according to the conditions. It's part of the B-Side festival.
You can hear a snippet of the musical rocks below:
Thousands of pigeons were released on Portland today as a rehearsal for a ceremony in Normandy to mark the contribution the birds played during both world wars.
Tens of thousands of often secret messages were carried by pigeons and they are still even used today in sensitive areas of the world.
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The Marine Conservation Society is warning that warm weather in the south west could bring an influx of giant jellyfish to our coasts. A number of giant barrel jellyfish have already been washed up at Portland and Weymouth.
The species is harmless but the MCS says it's keen to hear from anyone who finds them.
A woman has been airlifted to hospital after suffering a suspected cardiac arrest on Portland. The elderly woman was treated at the scene in the area of Victoria Square before being flown to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital by the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.