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Bizarre apple shower leaves Coventry confused

London , Thu, 15 Dec 2011 ANI

London, Dec 15 (ANI): The residents of Coventry were left stunned when it started raining apples from the sky.


The bizarre downpour is believed to have been caused by freak weather conditions in the city.


An avalanche of more than 100 apples rained down over a main road in Keresley, Coventry recently.


The street was left littered with apples after they pelted car windscreens and bonnets just after rush-hour.


The bizarre downpour may have been caused by a current of air that lifted the fruit from a garden or orchard, releasing it over the junction of Keresley Road and Kelmscote Road.


"The apples fell out of the sky as if out of nowhere. They were small and green and hit the bonnet hard," the Telegraph quoted a driver as saying.


"There were other cars on the road at the time too and everyone had to stop their cars suddenly.


"It wouldn't surprise me if some cars were damaged. I know the area well and there are no apple trees around," the driver said.


After the incident, the smashed apples could still be seen up and down the 20-yard stretch of road.


According to Sandra Camwell, a Keresley parish councillor, a freak black-out happened on the same road last year.


"Strange things do happen in this part of the world. I think it's highly likely that apples did fall from the sky," she said.


"We're in an area with a spooky history, where there have been witches for centuries, after all," Camwell said.


The Met Office said it was possible that the apples had been scooped up by a tornado.


"It's hypothetically possible that a tornado could have picked them up and that they were transported in turbulent air until they fell," Jim Dale senior meteorologist, from British Weather Services, said.


"The weather we have at the moment is very volatile and we probably have more to come.


"Essentially these events are caused when a vortex of air, kind of like a mini tornado, lifts things off the ground rising up into the atmosphere until the air around it causes them to fall to earth again.


"Returning polar maritime air is such an unstable condition and it basically means air returning from the polar regions which is very unstable.


"We've all heard of the fish and frogs falling from the sky and apples is certainly unusual because they have some weight to them but it is not out of the realms of possibility," he added. (ANI)


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