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Funnel clouds spotted across the area Tuesday

Thursday, July 24, 2003

Reports of tornados across the area Tuesday are thought to be mostly "cold weather funnels" or "water spots" caused by isolated heavy rains, according to weather officials.

Funnel clouds were reported near Newell and at Nemaha Tuesday afternoon, moving south.

Later in the day, sighting of weak funnel clouds were confirmed near Cherokee by area law enforcement. While a warning was issued, the funnels were not thought likely to become dangerous.

"We had some people stop by the elevator and say they had seen a couple of funnel clouds, so we went to look. At first we couldn't see anything, and then there was one funnel that we could make out," said Wayne Nessin of Nemaha Milling.

He estimated that the funnel was five to six miles away at the time they viewed in, and was uncertain whether the tail touched ground.

"It's an impressibe sight, you bet. A funnel cloud isn't something you ever really want to see in person," Nessin said.

He said that he had experienced a close-up view of a tornado striking ground as a child. "This wasn't that powerful or frightening of an experience," he said. "I think they were just cold weather funnels, and that's fine with me. I won't mind if I never see another real tornado."

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