Pickaway News Journal

Wed, Jul 26, 2017

Funnel clouds cause concern but no damage

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Photo courtesy of Ciera Flovin in Ashville.
Photo taken in the area of Speedway on North Court Street in Circleville, courtesy of Danielle Charles.
Photo courtesy of Marsha Day, taken on Ashville Pike by her nephew.
Photo courtesy of Riley Hulse, from her brother who was fishing in Circleville.
A back yard photo, courtesy of Sara Travis.
Photo taken on Walnut Creek Pike, courtesy of Tabi Johnsen and Maria Bennett.
Photo from Cromley Road, courtesy of Theresa Plybon.
Photo from Ashville, courtesy of Tom Zwayer.
Photo from Ashville, courtesy of Tom Zwayer.
Photo from Ashville, courtesy of Vanessa Richards.
Photo from the Lakes at Ashton Village apartment complex in Ashville, courtesy of Violet Medors (taken by her sister).

CIRCLEVILLE - A slew of funnel cloud sightings in the Ashville and Circleville area caused some concern Thursday evening, but no damage was reported during the event.

Tornado sirens sounded throughout Pickaway County about 7 p.m. prompted by reports of funnel clouds in the area of U.S. Route 23 and Little Walnut, according to the Pickaway County Sheriff's Office.

Social media lit up with photos and videos of the clouds, described as "cold air funnels" that are rarely strong enough to do any damage. No damage had been reported in Pickaway County at the time of publication.

The National Weather Service in Wilmington posted the following message on its Facebook page at 7:13 p.m.:

"We have been receiving a few reports of funnel clouds in the Circleville and Ashville areas. Atmospheric conditions are not favorable for strong tornadoes. On rare occasions, these types of funnel clouds do touch down, but very little (if any) damage typically occurs."

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