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Check out this funnel cloud spotted over Lake Nipissing on Friday

Environment Canada received multiple reports
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This funnel cloud over Lake NIpissing as spotted around 11:30 this morning. Photo courtesy Facebook.

NORTH BAY — A funnel cloud was sighted on Lake Nipissing around 11:30 a.m. Friday morning. 

"My husband just took a photo of what appears to be either a tornado or a funnel coming across lake Nipissing," said Mary Emma Frances in a Sturgeon Falls Facebook Group. 

"He said it seems to be heading towards North Bay.," said Mary Emma Frances in a Sturgeon Falls Facebook Group. "Our cottage is close to Garden Village." 

Shortly after her post, Environment Canada issued a weather advisory noting that conditions are favourable for the development of funnel clouds today in the North Bay-West Nipissing area. 

"Funnel clouds, in rare cases, these may develop into a landspout tornado," stated Environment Canada. 

Environment Canada says multiple funnel cloud and waterspout reports have been received late Saturday morning.

"More funnel clouds and possible landspouts are possible through the afternoon," said Environment Canada. 

These types of funnel clouds are generated by weak rotation under rapidly growing clouds or weak thunderstorms. This weak rotation is normally not a danger near the ground. However, Environment Canada believes there is a chance that this rotation could intensify and become a weak landspout tornado.


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