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Confirmation of funnel cloud, but not tornado, in PEC

Funnel cloud spotted in Picton.(Photo: Tristan Rhoads)

Officials with Environment Canada have confirmed that a funnel cloud was spotted in Prince Edward County on the long weekend, but say they’re unsure if it actually formed into a tornado.

Warning Preparedness Meteorologist Peter Kimbell says after looking at photos and video from Picton on Sunday, it’s clear to him that a funnel cloud had formed, but he’s unsure if it actually touched the ground, officially making it a tornado.

He added that if the funnel was over Lake Ontario, or another body of water, it would be classified as a water spout and not a tornado.

Kimbell says unless more conclusive photos and video are submitted, or if significant damage is reported, it will be tough to say if the weather caused anything more than a funnel cloud.

A photo sent to Quinte News by Tristan Rhoads showed the funnel about one-to-two kilometres away from the Picton Airport.


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