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Tornado sirens sounded after possible funnel cloud spotted near Canton

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Posted at 3:16 PM, Jul 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-31 15:27:25-04

CANTON, Ohio — Tornado sirens were sounded after receiving several calls about a possible funnel cloud near Canton Wednesday afternoon, according to the Stark County Sheriff’s Office.

Multiple people called in and said they spotted a funnel cloud east of Interstate 77 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, deputies said.

The National Weather Service said they received several reports of funnel clouds in Stark County. They said that conditions in the atmosphere made brief weak funnels possible beneath showers or thunderstorms. The funnels are usually harmless, but on rare occasions can briefly touch down and cause wind gusts around 50 mph.

The Stark County Sheriff’s Office said they had not received any information from the weather service and only set off the sirens due to the calls.

Isolated storms appeared in the forecast in areas further south, including Canton.

The reports of a funnel cloud come amid the 2019 Enshrinement Week celebrations at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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