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Twister! Storm chaser films tornado hitting the Isle of Wight

BRITAIN’S extreme weather took a dramatic twist when a tornado struck.

The awesome scene was captured by photographer Jamie Russell on the Isle of Wight. It lasted for a few minutes, briefly touching the ground, but luckily did not cause any damage.

Wave riders: Cyclists at Major’s Green, Solihull PICTURE: CATERS

Mr Russell, 41, said: ‘I had spent most of the day chasing smaller storms around but as soon as I saw the funnel cloud forming I got in my car and drove as close as I could get.

Stranded: Mercedes in St Helens, Merseyside PICTURE: MERCURY

‘I ended up about half a mile away and could see how big it was. Around me four or five cars pulled over to look at it as well.’ Meanwhile, parts of the country were still battling floods yesterday. West Midlands Railway cancelled trains after the line was flooded outside Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. Motorists in Merseyside had to abandon their cars. And in Major’s Green, Solihull, the River Cole burst its banks.

Flooded: Rail tunnel outside Stratford-upon-Avon

According to the Met Office, the wettest ever June was in 2012 when 149mm of rain fell. By Tuesday this week, the UK had seen 55.9mm — two-thirds of the average monthly total. But summer could soon be on the way. The Met Office said it ‘will be drier with a bit more sun’ next week.