This is the bizarre moment two giant balls bounced off Tottenham Court Road in London after being swept away by high winds.
Video posted on social media – believed to have been taken in the early hours of Tuesday morning – shows the trinkets rolling down the street in the center of the capital.
The huge trinkets caused chaos in traffic, with one appearing to blow into a moving car as the Met Office announced the arrival of Storm Claudio, which is expected to bring gales of up to 70 mph in some parts of the country.
They would be part of an art installation by artist Tom Shannon which was due to remain on display in St Giles Square until Friday.
Musician Kai Campos, one half of electronic band Mount Kimbie, wrote in an Instagram post: “Heartbroken to report that extreme winds in London last night downed Tom’s magnificent ‘Four World Set’.
“Seeing it finished on Sunday night was one of the most exciting things I’ve been part of. The fact that it was so open and public was one of the best parts of the job and seeing the joy and intrigue it brought to everyone who passed through the square.
“It was like she had her own life and one that was just beginning. I’m absolutely disgusted that more people won’t be able to see it this week.
Two massive balls were seen rolling down the street of Tottenham Court Road in central London
The trinkets were seen causing havoc for traffic in the footage – and one appeared to bounce off a car
The bizarre incident was filmed and shared on social media as high winds battered
Tom Shannon’s art installation which was due to be on display from Monday 31 October to Friday 4 November in St Giles Square, Tottenham Court Road
A tweet that shared the video read: “Looks like these Christmas decorations couldn’t withstand the high winds in central London last night!” Two giant baubles were spotted flying across Tottenham Court Road.
One who commented on the post wrote: “The first trinket that loses its wrapper upon impact with the panel is perfection.”
Another said: “Imagine walking down the road looking at your phone and then being wiped clean by a bauble.”
One of the trinkets is swept across the road by high winds as Storm Claudio sweeps through
The musician was disappointed that the sculptures were blown away by “extreme winds”
The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning in effect until 8am on Tuesday, saying the weather could cause disruption.
Neil Armstrong, Chief Meteorologist, said: “The most significant impacts from Storm Claudio are expected in northern France, which is why it has been designated as a system by Météo-France.
“What this means for us in the UK is that some high winds are possible along much of the south coast of England.
“Some isolated and particularly exposed coastal areas could see gusts above 70 mph, while much of the warning area will see gusts between 50 and 60 mph.”
Conditions are unlikely to improve by the middle of the week as low pressure from the west is expected to bring wet and windy weather.
The Met Office said the winds are likely to be strongest along coastal areas of the Irish Sea, including West Wales, North West England and South West England. Scotland, as well as the east coast of Northern Ireland.
It issued a yellow weather warning for the wind on Wednesday.