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Funnel clouds spotted in Lincoln County

LINCOLN COUNTY, Wash. - The National Weather Service says they have received reports of funnel clouds sighted in the area near Creston in Lincoln County after issuing a severe thunderstorm warning for southeastern Lincoln and Spokane Counties Saturday afternoon.

At 2:36 the National Weather Service's Doppler Radar picked up a severe thunderstorm capable of producing quarter sized hail.  The storm was located 8 miles northwest of Sprague and 22 miles west of Cheney.  Highway 23 five miles north of Sprague had water covering the roadway due to heavy rain, but the road was able to remain open.  The Severe thunderstorm warning lasted about an hour and a half before being canceled.

Two funnel clouds were photographed by several area residents around 3:00 Saturday afternoon during the thunderstorm.

The National Weather Service told the KHQ Weather Department they expect to send out a crew by Monday to investigate whether the clouds were funnel clouds or tornadoes.

At this time there have not been any reports of damage or injuries.

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