They were stunned to find their homes, gardens and cars littered with the smelly marine algae after a stormy weather spout swept up the debris from a beach 20 miles away. Weather experts believe the seaweed was picked up from Clevedon Beach in North Somerset by a twister during freak weather conditions on the coast.
It was then carried through the air – before being deposited on the quiet street in Berkeley, near Cheltenham, Glos. Stunned engineer Dr Richard Overton, 55, and his wife Kay, collected an entire bucket full of the green slime from their front garden. He said:
“I looked out of the window after a very big storm finished and to my amazement there were lots of flakes of seaweed scattered over the garden. I’ve heard stories of fish being picked up and dumped by storms but never seaweed. I was just so surprised.”