Environment Canada says funnel clouds possible this afternoon

WEST CARLETON – Environment Canada has released a weather advisory stating there is a good chance for funnel clouds this afternoon (July 31).

“Conditions will be favourable for the development of funnel clouds this afternoon,” Environment Canada released in a statement at 12:45 p.m. today “A funnel cloud was reported near Rockland and is moving eastward.”

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, there is a chance that this rotation could intensify and become a weak landspout tornado.

Landspout tornadoes do not usually cause significant damage but can still be dangerous. They can be strong enough to topple trees, damage roofs or toss debris short distances.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ONstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #ONStorm.