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Conditions 'favourable' for funnel clouds today: Environment Canada

Multiple funnel cloud and waterspout reports have been received this morning
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Shortly before noon today, Environment Canada issued the following weather advisory and the possibility of hazardous conditions. 

The weather advisory is in effect for:

  • Barrie - Collingwood - Hillsdale
  • Midland - Coldwater - Orr Lake
  • Orillia - Lagoon City - Washago

Conditions will be favourable for the development of funnel clouds today.

Hazard: Funnel clouds. In rare cases, these may develop into a landspout tornado.

Source: Multiple funnel cloud and waterspout reports have been received late this morning.

Timing: More funnel clouds and possible landspouts are possible through the afternoon.

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.

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.

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