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VIDEO: Amazing time lapse footage of a funnel cloud forms over Calgary

Cormac Fitzgerald

Published 25/07/2015 | 12:55

This amazing footage shows a funnel cloud forming over the city of Calgary, in the west of Canada.

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The timelapse video shows just how quickly funnel clouds can form when the conditions are right.

Funnel clouds are cylindrical, funnel-shaped clouds that stick out from the base of thick set of clouds and spin in a wind vortex but don’t connect with the ground or surface of water.

If they do connect with a surface, they become tornadoes.

The footage shows huge storm clouds forming over the high-rises in downtown Calgary, with reports of hail stones the size of golf balls falling and winds of up to 154Kmh.

A warning was issued by Environment Canada 15 minutes before a tornado formed outside the city, although luckily no tornado touched down in Calgary.

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