Funnel clouds in West Baton Rouge briefly cause concern for Addis residents


ADDIS, La. (BRPROUD) – So residents in the Sugar Mill Plantation neighborhood had a few concerning moments between 1:45 p.m. and 1:48 p.m. on Sunday.

Addis resident Jennifer Williston took two photos of what looked like the start of a funnel cloud. The photos showed two separate funnel clouds at the times mentioned above.

Image courtesy of Jennifer Williston – Used with permission

Meteorologist Ashley Ruiz took a look and provided information on what it is that Jennifer Williston saw on Sunday afternoon.

What some Addis residents saw was a tropical funnel.

According to the National Weather Service, “Tropical funnels (and the similar cold air funnel) are not as well understood as funnel clouds that form in supercells and produce classic tornadoes.”

So while something to pay attention to, tropical funnels are not as much of a threat as a tornado.

NWS went further by saying that “These tropical funnels rarely make contact with the ground, (in part due to their short-lived nature) and if they do reach the ground they have been known to cause winds up to 70 mph. All around these storms are much less dangerous than tornadoes that form from supercells, but they should be noted as they can cause minor damage if they reach the ground.”

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