Wednesday, September 23, 2020

‘Funnel cloud’ advisory issued in Chatham-Kent

Update: The weather advisory ended at 5;18 p.m.

Environment Canada has issued a weather advisory across Chatham-Kent, as conditions will be favourable for the development of funnel clouds on Tuesday, August 11, 2020.

“These types of funnel clouds are generated by weak rotation under rapidly growing clouds or weak thunderstorms,” forecasters say.

“This weak rotation is normally not a danger near the ground. However, there is a chance that this rotation could intensify and become a weak landspout tornado.”

The advisory was issued at 3:45 p.m.

Landspout tornadoes do not usually cause significant damage but can still be dangerous, Environment Canada officials added.

“They can be strong enough to topple trees, damage roofs or toss debris short distances,” forecasters say.

“Treat any funnel cloud sighting seriously. Should a funnel cloud develop nearby, prepare to take shelter. These funnel clouds usually appear with little or no warning.”

We’ll provide more information as it becomes available.

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