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Norwood woman shoots video of what weather officials say may have been funnel cloud (VIDEO)


MASSENA - National Weather Service officials say a video shot by a Norwood woman in Massena during Tuesday evening’s storm could have been funnel cloud.

Yevonne Cantwell was sitting at the corner of state routes 56 and 37 when she saw a funnel cloud in the distance over her left shoulder and filmed the scene with the camera on her phone.

“I was driving home last night and noticed what I thought was a funnel cloud. It caught my attention. As I was sitting at the corner of Route 37, waiting to turn onto 56, I saw it come down and go back up,” Ms. Cantwell said.

As she sat waiting for the light to turn, Ms. Cantwell said she wondered, “Did I see what I think I saw?”

Once the light turned green, she pulled into the Hahn Welding parking lot and shot the funnel cloud that had formed in the distance.

“As I was taping it, I could see the whole big dark cloud above it was turning in a slow circle. When I started taping it, it had already come down once and had gone back up. It was a lot bigger. I think I caught the tail end of it,” Ms. Cantwell said.

Scott Whittier, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Burlington, Vt., said they had seen the video that Ms. Cantwell posted to her Facebook page Tuesday night.

He said that, although it was difficult to determine whether the cloud structure was behind or in front of trees in the video, “We see a little movement in the top of those trees. Our initial thinking was that it was a funnel. The funnel or structure is in the correct part of the storm. The winds were favorable in terms of certain isolated cases. We had a very strong wind structure that would support some turning in the atmosphere. It looks like it does support a funnel.”

The funnel remained stationary during the video shot by Ms. Cantwell, and Mr. Whittier said radar suggested it could have been a vortex in the north part of the storm.

“That’s more of a slower part of the storm,” he said.

Damage was reported throughout St. Lawrence County as a result of the storm.

“Ninety-five percent of the damage was straight line winds throughout New York and into Vermont,” Mr. Whittier said.

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