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No need for funnel cloud warning Monday: Environment Canada

Funnel cloud seen from south Winnipeg on Monday, July 13, 2015. Justin Gereta

WINNIPEG – A funnel cloud that formed south of Winnipeg Monday had a very ‘minute’ chance of forming according to Environment Canada.

Natalie Hazell says the funnel cloud that formed around six pm near St. Adolphe, was part of stand-alone storm and there was no need to put out a warning that funnel clouds may develop as the odds of one forming were slim, and forecasters did not believe there was a chance of tornado development.

“We figured if a funnel cloud occurred it would be a minor event, and that’s what happened,” said Hazel.  “Any of the storms could have produced something, could we have pinpointed the one right outside of Winnipeg?  Not necessarily.”

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But those who watched it approach their community, wish they had been given a heads up.

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Kori Plesiuk is a mother of three, and on Monday night she and her husband were also running a youth group for 16 additional kids in St. Adolphe.  When she saw the clouds darken she stepped outside for a look and says the funnel cloud that formed seconds later, was the biggest she had ever seen.

“It would have been nice to have a bit of forewarning,” said Plesiuk, who says she regularly logs into Environment Canada’s website for possible alerts. “Even after they first spotted it…a message should have been sent out.”

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Hazell says if a warning had been issued after reports came in, it would have been short-lived.

The funnel cloud,  captured by hundreds on their smart phones and by the roof-cam of Global News, lasted just over two minutes.

“The storm didn’t look like it was going to do much after and it didn’t,” said Hazell.

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