Apples from heaven

Whether you’re young, old, a woman or a man, there are some car insurance hazards you just can’t plan for.

Yes, what do you do if you’re innocently driving through rush-hour traffic when, suddenly, the heavens open and bombard your vehicle with hundreds of apples.

It may be good news if you like apples, but a cascade of falling apples is undoubtedly dangerous, as it has the potential to obscure vision, cause distraction and alarm drivers.

So spare a thought for drivers in Coventry who recently experienced this bizarre scenario.

"The apples fell out of the sky as if out of nowhere. They were small and green and hit the bonnet hard. There were other cars on the road at the time too and everyone had to stop their cars suddenly,” commented one driver.

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

Was it high-flying pranksters or childish, petulant gods playing-up in their heavenly orchard – not according to the Met Office, which says it has a meteorological explanation.

"It's hypothetically possible that a tornado could have picked them up and that they were transported in turbulent air until they fell,” said a spokesperson.

"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.”

Photo © mollyali via Flickr, under Creative Commons Licence

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