A storm watcher captured the incredible moment a funnel cloud suddenly formed in the sky over Coleshill – as a fierce storm battered the region.
The weather phenomenon was caught on camera on Tuesday night – June 16 – as torrential rain, thunder, lightning and hail lashed the West Midlands.
Chris Caulkett set up his phone to capture hyperlapse footage of the storm which sparked flash flooding across Birmingham and the Black Country.
When he watched the video back he noticed the funnel cloud in the sky near Coleshill Church.
Chris said: “The video was recorded between 8pm and 8:30pm facing south towards Coleshill Church.
“I left my phone in window to get a hyperlapse video of the storm, once the video had completed it was only after double checking that I noticed a strange funnel shape cloud form just over Coleshill.
“Never seen anything like it before.”
Chris wasn’t the only resident to capture the astonishing scenes last night.
Lightning illuminated the skies as a fierce storm lashed Birmingham and the West Midlands and weather watchers grabbed their cameras to record the amazing sight.
Roads across the West Midlands were left submerged in floodwater as the region was battered by a heavy downpour in the midst of last night’s storm.
Major routes and residential streets alike were flooded in Birmingham and the Black Country after a yellow weather warning was issued for Tuesday, June 16.
The adverse weather sparked the closure of the M6 northbound slip road at junction 10 as Walsall became one of the worst hit areas in the region.
Streets near the town’s Manor Hospital also became flooded.
And a house in Sutton Coldfield was set on fire after being struck by a lightning bolt as a storm battered the Midlands.
The weather does not look like it will get any better today, with a fresh yellow weather warning issued for June 17.
Wednesday sees the yellow alert in place from midnight until 9pm, with forecasters warning motorists to be vigilant.
What are funnel clouds?
According to the Met Office, funnel clouds are extending, spinning clouds that reach towards the ground, but never touch it.
When they reach the ground, they become a tornado.
They form as a rotating column of wind draws in cloud droplets, making a region of intense low pressure visible.
Heavy rain, hail, thunder and lightning is the weather usually associated with funnel clouds.
In a typical year, the UK sees around 30-35 tornadoes – although it’s rare they are strong enough to cause significant damage.