It might not have had the magnitude of Hurricane Sandy which battered the US East Coast last night.
But what appeared to be a tornado whirling above Scarborough rooftops was enough to stop two women in their tracks.
Brenda Holt, of the Crescent, was walking into town with her sister when she spotted the whirlwind at around 9.30am this morning.
Amazed at what she saw, she quickly got out her camera phone and started snapping.
She said; “We were just walking to Debenhams and I looked along York Place towards Albermarle Crescent and I thought that’s strange, it can’t be an plane because it’s going in the wrong direction.
“My sister said it looked like a tornado so I thought I better photograph it.
“There was no wind or anything, it was very calm and it just stayed there very still before dispersing.”
Mrs Holt said no one else appeared to notice the freak weather formation but was sure someone else must have seen it.
“It’s not everyday you see a tornado in Scarborough”, she said.
As Hurricane Sandy churned inland as a downgraded storm, residents up and down the US’s mid-Atlantic region woke this morning to lingering waters, darkened homes and the daunting task of cleaning up from once-in-a-generation storm surges and their devastating effects.