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Boaters beware: Waterspouts reported over Lake Erie Thursday morning

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    Andrea Bagley
    Digital Reporter

    Thursday, July 10, 2014, 9:15 AM - There have been reports of waterspouts and funnel clouds on and over Lake Erie this morning.

    "The risk will likely be in place through the morning hours, so those on the water, including boaters, should be aware of the potential risks," says Weather Network meteorologist Matt Grinter.

    Waterspouts are considered to be weak tornadoes over water and they're normally seen in the early fall.

    As the cooler air to the north passes over the warm lakes, it provides the perfect environment for waterspouts to kick up.

    Although most waterspouts tend to stay over water, they do have the potential to come onshore. As a result, it's best to keep a safe distance if you see one occur. 

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