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Mini-Tornado Causes Chaos On A Beach In France

Claire Reid

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Mini-Tornado Causes Chaos On A Beach In France

Featured Image Credit: Storyful/Virginie Segal

A mini-tornado whipped towels and inflatables from the hands of beach-goers in the south of France, resulting in this bizarre video.

In the clip you can see a bunch of people enjoying the sunshine at the Salis beach in Antibes, before the weird weather conditions kick off, sending people's belongings flying into the air.

Credit: Storyful/Virginie Segal

It looks lovely and colourful, but you'd be fuming if that was your giant inflatable turtle, wouldn't you?

One witness told local paper Nice Matin: "I was taking a shower when an inflatable flamingo flew past me.

"It wasn't until later that I realised it belonged to my daughter." See, I bet they were fuming.

Credit: Storyful/Virginie Segal

The newspaper reported that one Brit was hit by a flying parasol, which sounds painful, but apparently left him with no injuries.

The mini-tornado caused a bit of panic, particularly among the children on the beach, the paper reports, with one kid saying: "It was small, but yes it was a tornado, a mini-tornado that made everything fly over the buildings!

Witnesses said the panic lasted for only a few seconds, before the presumably slow and boring process of people trying to retrieve their possessions and find out what belonged to whom.

Bye, towels. Credit: Storyful/Virginie Segal

In the video, which was posted to Facebook, someone can be heard saying: "It's super dangerous - this is a tornado. But it's so pretty... And look at the parasols in the sky!"

She then moves the camera's focus higher up and you can see a bunch of parasols and towels in the air. Someone is going to leave their house later and find all this strewn across their garden and wonder what the fuck is going on.

Credit: Storyful/Virginie Segal

According to local weather reports the phenomenon was a 'dust devil' - a small whirlwind, that gets its name from only being visible due to the dust it kicks up. They might need to change that name.

Topics: Weather, tornado, France, Holiday

Claire Reid
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