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Belgian shelf cloud goes viral


Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Monday, August 12, 2013, 11:13 AM -

With that ominous orange glow and menacing lighting, the folks in this Belgian seaside village must have been wondering what kind of apocalypse was descending on them when this storm rolled in. 

The shelf cloud heralded a powerful storm that local reports say brought strong winds and very heavy rain to the town. 

The video of the stunning cloud quickly went viral, featured on several French-language and weather websites. Doug Gillham, a meteorologist at The Weather Network, says a well-defined shelf-cloud usually indicates a powerful storm with strong straight-line winds, but such clouds do not indicate tornadoes.

For more stunning severe weather videos from around the world, check out the current edition of Force of Nature.

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