Octopuses rain down on city as freakish storm sucks creatures out of sea
Drivers were left stunned as octopuses and starfish began raining down onto their cars during a freakish storm.
The creatures – along with mollusks and shellfish – were sucked out of the sea and dumped along with heavy rain and hail.
Photos posted on social media show the marine life stuck to car windscreens after violent weather battered the Chinese coastal city of Qingdao.
The phrase "seafood rain" became a trending topic online as the photos went viral in the aftermath of a storm that left a trail of destruction.
Forecasters said the violent weather on Wednesday afternoon included record hurricane-force winds of 78mph, or a 12 on the Beaufort scale.
The hellish winds, which were coupled with heavy rain and hail which shattered windows, caused widespread destruction throughout the city.
The storm is also believed to have caused waterspouts in the Yellow Sea.
It is suspected the waterspouts sucked up shrimp, octopuses, starfish and mollusks and dropped them into the streets.
The city’s meteorological service said the wind speeds generated during the storm set a new all-time record for June.
The fierce winds brought down huge road signs onto motorways and damaged the roofs and walls of homes.
Locals were left stunned as the creatures fell from the sky.
It is a rare meteorological phenomenon that recently happened in Sri Lanka in November last year.
Live fish fell from the sky along with heavy rain when thunderstorms hit the village of Jaffna.
Villagers say it has happened three years in a row.
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