When in doubt, mind the spout: Tornado-like funnels seen in eastern Ontario

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By Andrew Foote, CBC News Ottawa, October 23, 2018

People living in Prince Edward County in eastern Ontario were amazed — and in some cases alarmed — to see what looked like a row of tornadoes in the sky Tuesday afternoon.

In fact, what they saw were waterspouts.

These ones were relatively harmless, according to Environment Canada. But that's not always the case.

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Waterspouts are fairly common from late August to October, when lake water is at its warmest, according to Environment Canada meteorologist Gerald Cheng.