Another funnel cloud spotted Monday evening.

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Manatee - The funnel cloud that was spotted between SR 70 and University near I-75 this evening may have touched down briefly near a backyard pond at Lakewood Ranch. Just after 6:30 p.m. Numerous reports of the funnel came into the ABC 7 newsroom shortly after the 6 P.M. Newscast. According to eyewitness accounts this funnel dropped out of the cloud base but never touched down. The location of this funnel was near I-75 and SR 70 in Manatee County.

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Funnel clouds often do not touch down, however if and when they do they are then classified as a tornado. It seems there has been an unusual amount of these little spin ups as of late here along the Suncoast. We had several last week and then again this Monday.

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Kevin Hanley 941-739-2640

If you have a photo of today's funnel cloud please send it to pix@mysuncoast.com