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'Rare' footage of funnel cloud pair filmed in Somerset

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Media captionThe phenomenon has been described as unusual

Footage has been captured of a funnel cloud next to a "daughter vortex" during stormy weather in Somerset.

BBC Points West weatherman Ian Fergusson said it was unusual to see a funnel cloud with a second one so close by.

The footage was captured near Bridgwater on Thursday.

If either of the clouds had touched the ground they would have been classed as a tornado.

Funnel clouds are formed when strong storms, often together with thunderstorms, amass where the wind blows in different directions.

Mr Fergusson said: "It is fascinating to see the daughter vortex next to the main one - it's quite rare."

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Image caption Points West viewers sent in their pictures of the bigger funnel cloud
Image copyright Teresa Kibble

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