A tornado touched down in the countryside of southern France on Sunday, presenting a spectacular opportunity for camera-wielding witnesses.
Only minor damage was reported, the EarthSky website said on Monday. A French website, Meteorologic, called the tornado an F-1, implying highest winds of 73-112 mph (about 115 to 180 km/h).
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The dust-laden funnel played beneath a thunderstorm near Toulouse, EarthSky said. This was confirmed by uploads of numerous videos posted Sunday to YouTube.com.
Weather observations from Toulouse available to AccuWeather.com showed thunderstorms in the area on late Sunday afternoon, local time.
Weather maps showed that, at the time, a strong storm was centered off northwest France and southwest England, with cold front trailing south over southern France near Toulouse.
Violent tornadoes are rare in France, EarthSky said. However, an Aug. 3, 2008, a twister tore through the town of Hautmont and several other towns, killing four people.
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Some cooler weather is in store for Chicago this week as thunderstorms roll into the area around late week.
A dangerous multiple-day severe weather outbreak will begin this weekend over the South Central states and will include the potential for nighttime tornadoes in parts of Texas and Kansas.
A large storm will form over the eastern half of the nation next week and will bring a swath of unsettled conditions for days.
Stormy weather will continue in the Dallas area through Thursday morning, but conditions will improve on Friday.
A slow-moving low pressure system will make residents of the Northwest reach for their raincoats and umbrellas each day through the remainder of the week.
Surviving a flight in the wheel well of a commercial aircraft is possible, but highly unlikely due to subzero temperatures and thinner air than what is found at the peak of Mount Everest.
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