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Surrey Hit With Catnado 95

Posted by samzenpus
from the raining-cats-and-more-cats dept.
taikedz writes "A "mini-tornado" brought down trees, damaged property and even lifted cats in the air, an eyewitness has said. Shirley Blay, who keeps horses at the Jolly Blossom Stables on Station Road, Chobham, told BBC Surrey: 'It was a mini-tornado, I can't describe it as anything less. It started with very heavy rain, hailstones and very strong wind and all of a sudden, the wind was very, very strong, to the point of lifting roofs. We've got four feral cats in the yard and they were being lifted off the ground — about 6ft off the ground — they just went round like a big paper bag.' She said the people and animals who were caught up in the storm were uninjured. A spokesman from Valgrays Animal Rescue in Warlingham said: 'It was like something out of a Steven Spielberg film.'
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Surrey Hit With Catnado

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  • Re:Hello I'm british (Score:5, Informative)

    by Charliemopps (1157495) on Monday January 27, 2014 @12:23PM (#46081257)

    What you saw is a large "Dust devil" I've seen those to. About the size of an office building.

    A REAL tornado you can't be within 100 yards of. They reach from the ground to the sky and are usually anywhere from a few dozen yards wide to miles wide at the base. I've survived 2 of those, and if it were an actual tornado, you probably would have crapped yourself for real.

  • by TheCarp (96830) <[ten.tenaprac] [ta] [cjs]> on Monday January 27, 2014 @12:30PM (#46081337) Homepage

    You clearly don't understand news.

    "When a dog bites a man, that is not news, because it happens so often. But if a man bites a dog, that is news." ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M... [wikipedia.org] )

    It doesn't matter that more people are hurt by dogs biting them then dogs hurt by men biting them, it is all about frequency and expectation. If you can tell some random person on the street "X happened" and they are shocked, then its news. if they shrug and say "no shit, it happens every day" then its not news.

Life is difficult because it is non-linear.

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