“It looks like a funnel, but I’m not the expert,” said Tom Kelley, Lorain County Emergency Management Agency director.
Kelley forwarded the images to the National Weather Service warning coordinator who will review the photos above today to make a final determination. Kelley added, “It’s a funnel, not a tornado.”
He pointed out the wispy tail in the second photo as one of the indicators of a funnel cloud. The funnel was photographed as it crossed state Route 60 near state Route 2 in Vermilion at 5:55 p.m. as a small storm cell came inland from Lake Erie.
The same cell sparked thunderstorm warnings in Lorain and Cuyahoga counties.
Storms caused no serious damage around Lorain County despite estimated wind gusts of up to 60 mph in Sheffield, according to John Mayers, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Mayers said at least half an inch of rain fell during the storm. The storm caused few electrical outages, according to Joe Faga, an Ohio Edison spokesman.