Funnel clouds are spotted near Barnstaple, Westward Ho! and Ilfracombe following a day of bizarre weather

'Twisters' or funnel clouds have been spotted across North Devon this evening (Tuesday).

Today's weird weather included hail and even snow, but several local photographers snapped the twisting funnel clouds at various locations as far apart as Ilfracombe and Westward Ho!

Jake Patrick captured this video of a waterspout off the beach at Woolacombe.

Simon Ellery took our main picture from the Strand in Barnstaple at 7.55pm.

Charmain Lovett pursued this cloud formation and was rewarded with this picture of two funnel clouds near Ilfracombe. Picture: Charmain LovettCharmain Lovett pursued this cloud formation and was rewarded with this picture of two funnel clouds near Ilfracombe. Picture: Charmain Lovett

Meanwhile Charmain Lovett photographed two funnels forming over wind turbines at the top of Ilfracombe.

Others took to the A Place in North Devon Facebook page to display pictures of funnel clouds at Westward Ho! and over Appledore.

A funnel cloud usually forms during a thunderstorm or heavy shower, from a cumulonimbus cloud or a large cumulus cloud, when the atmosphere is unstable.

It is made from condensed water droplets and is associated with a column of air that rotates as it is drawn into the cloud.

When they touch down to earth they are then generally called tornados and in extreme cases such as in North America can destroy houses and throw vehicles through the air.

Thankfully in the UK incidents of serious damage are rare, though tornados do touch down here too on occasion and have been responsible for some structural damage around the country.

* Did you snap a twister? Send your pictures to tony.gussin@archant.co.uk and we'll add it to our online gallery.