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Nothing stands between a man and his pint! Hilarious moment determined drinker sprints to save his beer from ‘dust devil’ vortex hurtling towards pub


This is the hilarious moment a determined drinker sprints to save his beer from a ‘dust devil’ who has swept through a pub car park in Pembrokeshire.

CCTV footage captured the moment a swirling cloud of dust made its way to The Begelly Arms in the village of Begelly on Sunday.

Spotting the gale heading their way, two drunks rushed for cover inside, but one punter had other priorities.

A man heading to his car immediately turns around and rushes to save his newly poured pint.

The footage was shared by the pub on Facebook with the caption «our very own mini tornado in Begelly today».

But the Met Office says the phenomenon was not a tornado but a «dust devil» – also known as a «willy willy».

The man can be seen sprinting towards his pint on the bench as the dust devil makes its way towards him (pictured)

Other punters ran towards the pub for cover (pictured)

Other punters ran towards the pub for cover (pictured)

The Met Office says the phenomenon is known as a 'dust devil' or 'willy willy'

The Met Office says the phenomenon is known as a ‘dust devil’ or ‘willy willy’

People were quick to comment on the man who rushed to save his pint, joking about his «priorities» and referring to him as a «legend».

One said: ‘I like how the man’s mind was set on his pint’.

Another wrote: ‘He did the Morecambe and Wise dance as he ran through a tornado to save his pint!

What is a ‘dust devil’?

A dust devil is a powerful and relatively short-lived tornado.

Dust devils are usually harmless to humans, but on rare occasions when they grow large enough, they can pose a threat.

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Unlike tornadoes, dust devils grow from the ground rather than down from the clouds.

In stronger dust devils, a cumulus cloud can be seen at the top of a rising column of warm air.

They last only a few minutes as cold air is drawn into the base of the rising vortex, cooling the ground and cutting off its heat supply.

They occur mainly in desert and semiarid regions where the ground is dry and high surface temperatures create strong updrafts.

Source: Met Office

“The legend that got there to save his drink. another joined.

The Met Office describes a dust devil as «a rising, spiraling, dust-filled vortex of air that can vary in height from a few feet to more than 1,000».

Officials say a dust devil forms from the ground, while a tornado forms from the clouds and grows toward the ground.

Commonly found in the desert, dust devils last only a few minutes and are much less powerful or destructive than a tornado.

But the sight of one outside The Begelly Arms, near the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, has spooked customers.

Pub owner Peter Adams, 66, said the dust devil «came out of nowhere» on a sunny and calm day and lasted about 30 seconds.

“My wife and I were sitting outside talking to one of our customers. We just sat there and quietly drank under the open fire,” he said.

«Then we heard the car alarm go off, we looked around and (the dust devil) is the first thing we saw.»

He added: “We didn’t know what to expect…we all quickly got up and put our hands on top of our drinks.

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“He hit the actual (canopy) where we were sitting and I think that must have stopped him.

He explained that at first they thought it was a funnel cloud – which forms in the sky and turns into tornadoes if they reach the ground – as has been observed several times in the area.

He added: ‘I’ve never seen anyone like that before. You see gusts of wind here and there, but I’ve never seen someone come across a parking lot like that and move like it’s radio-controlled… It was pretty weird to watch.”



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