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Funnel clouds possible Sunday afternoon

A funnel cloud was spotted near Dike, IA on Sunday afternoon.  Photo taken by Terri Hogan.
A funnel cloud was spotted near Dike, IA on Sunday afternoon. Photo taken by Terri Hogan.(KCRG)
Published: Jul. 29, 2018 at 3:44 PM CDT
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Just before 3 p.m., a funnel cloud was spotted near Cedar Falls and Dike, Iowa.

These types of funnel clouds rarely touch the ground, and are typically brief. However, if you see one getting close to the ground, you should seek shelter.

The National Weather Service in Des Moines issued a statement regarding these funnels:

CURRENT ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF FUNNEL

CLOUDS AND THERE HAVE BEEN REPORTS NEAR DIKE AND CEDAR FALLS JUST

BEFORE 3PM. USUALLY, THESE FUNNEL CLOUDS CAN FORM FROM DEVELOPING

CLOUDS, SHOWERS, AND WEAK THUNDERSTORMS. THESE FUNNELS ARE

NORMALLY BRIEF, DROP ONLY A FEW HUNDRED FEET FROM THE CLOUD BASE,

AND RARELY BECOME A TORNADO OR CAUSE DAMAGE. HOWEVER, IF ONE IS

SPOTTED, PLEASE IMMEDIATELY REPORT IT TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER

SERVICE. IF A TORNADO WARNING WOULD BECOME NECESSARY, TAKE

APPROPRIATE ACTION.