Funnel Cloud Catches the Attention of Residents

Residents who witnessed the formation of a funnel cloud near the west of St John’s on Saturday morning, were left in awe as the system seemed to be growing in size.

A funnel cloud is funnel-shaped cloud of condensed water droplets, associated with a rotating column of wind and extending from the base of a cloud.

It is what happens before a water sprout or tornado forms.  A funnel cloud does not reach the ground or a water surface but if it does it can become a tornado.

Some can be just as dangerous as tornadoes. Climatologist Dale Destin says the level of danger can be the same as a storm or hurricane but over a much smaller area and over a short time (less than an hour, often minutes).

Residents have since reported seeing an even bigger funnel cloud near Factory Road.

Based on reports coming, in Destin warned that conditions appear conducive for tornadic activity and asked that precaution be taken. In the event the cloud becomes a tornado residents are asked to take precautions to protect life and property.