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Tornado spotted near Lincoln

Tornado-like events have been spotted near Lincoln after 4pm on June 4.

Readers sent to The Lincolnite photos of what look like tornadoes, visible from North Hykeham, Welton, Scampton, Belton, Witham St Hughs, Carlton Le Moorland and even as far as Pinxton near Mansfield and Alkborough in North Lincolnshire.

Tornadoes form when the weather is unstable and showery, according to the Met Office.

They are narrow, spinning columns of air that reach the ground from cumulonimbus (thunderstorm) clouds.

As they develop, funnel shaped clouds extend from the base of the cloud, and it is only when these funnel clouds touch the ground a tornado is formed.

The June 4 tornado spotted in Welton, near Lincoln, by Shelly Wilkinson
The June 4 tornado spotted in Welton, near Lincoln, by Shelly Wilkinson
Charlotte Batty also spotted the tornado from Welton on June 4, 2014
Charlotte Batty also spotted the tornado from Welton on June 4, 2014
The tornado above Welton spotted by Charlotte Batty
The tornado above Welton spotted by Charlotte Batty
The tornado was even spotted at Hykeham Green, North Hykeham, by Sue Stanley.
The tornado was even spotted at Hykeham Green, North Hykeham, by Sue Stanley.
This image was captured by Tracey Woodford in Belton.
This image was captured by Tracey Woodford in Belton.
Photo: Joe Trevor
Photo: Joe Trevor
Photo: Larry Haycocks
Photo: Larry Haycocks
Three funnel clouds taken at Witham St Hughs Allotments by Peter Rothwell Syme
Three funnel clouds taken at Witham St Hughs Allotments by Peter Rothwell Syme
A spilt funnel cloud snapped by Steve Simeoli in Witham St Hughs.
A spilt funnel cloud snapped by Steve Simeoli in Witham St Hughs.
Taken by Kim Raffles in Witham St Hughs.
Taken by Kim Raffles in Witham St Hughs.
Taken by Matt Keeber in Witham St Hughs.
Taken by Matt Keeber in Witham St Hughs.
At 4:40 pm taken in Carlton Le Moorland by Susan Mouzon
At 4:40 pm taken in Carlton Le Moorland by Susan Mouzon
John Ringer was working in Crowland when he spotted the funnel cloud.
John Ringer was working in Crowland when he spotted the funnel cloud.
Funnel clouds in Alkborough , North Lincolnshire on June 4. Photo: Lorna Staves
Funnel clouds in Alkborough , North Lincolnshire on June 4. Photo: Lorna Staves
Tornado-like cloud also spotted in Pinxton, Mansfield by Natasha Williamson on June 4
Tornado-like cloud also spotted in Pinxton, Mansfield by Natasha Williamson on June 4
Spotted in Skellingthorpe by Ollie Walling.
Spotted in Skellingthorpe by Ollie Walling.
The funnel clouds captured by Kelly Evans near Newark on June 4
The funnel clouds captured by Kelly Evans near Newark on June 4
Tom Christopher captured the funnel clouds from Fiskerton
Tom Christopher captured the funnel clouds from Fiskerton