The small island of Seil just south of Oban has been hit by another freak tornado last night. Gales exceeding 120 mph rocketed through the island and left islanders speechless in its wake. It was just last week that the Scottish Isle had fallen victim to a spring blizzard that nearly took a life.
Local historian Hamish Beattie says that this type of freak weather is synonymous with the Island and has occurred previously in 1958, 1962, 1969, 1977, 1984, 1991, 2006 and now in 2015. He informed us that 1977 was a particularly bad one when the island bore 3 blizzards, 1 tornado, 2 flash floods and a heat wave during one weird week in March. A small fishing boat which had been moored in the harbour also disappeared during that weird period.
Luckily enough, there is little structural damage on the island as most property's have taken the necessary steps against freak storms. Roof tiles are screwed down, all roofs have a protective nets, chimney pots reduced in height, and windows armoured by metal shutters. A few charity raisers, including the ever popular coffee morning, paid for the island's emergency storm horn which can be heard as faraway as Oban. This is the 2nd time the horn has been used this year.
The only mystery relating to the tornado was that of the disappearance of thousands of seals just before the event. Apparently, they went bonkers just hours before the alarm was raised and took off - looking for sanctuary up at Oban where the weather was lovely. Some islanders doubt the money was spent wisely on the storm horn as the racket and commotion created by the seals is enough warning for anyone.
There are still a few days left in March and the seals are still in Oban.