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Storm hits eastern Idaho with tornado warning; gustnado caught on camera


POCATELLO — East Idaho experienced a severe thunderstorm on Wednesday evening.

At 7:20 p.m., the National Weather Service detected the storm 11 miles south of Pocatello and issued a tornado warning, which expired at 7:45 p.m.

Now a severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 9 p.m. for Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Bonneville, Caribou, Franklin, Jefferson, Madison, Oneida and Power counties.

A viewer sent what appeared to be a rotating cloud of dust west of Mud Lake on Wednesday evening. (See the video player above.) The NWS reviewed the video and told it was not a tornado but a “gustnado,” which the NWS defines as a “small whirlwind which forms as an eddy in thunderstorm outflows” and are not connected to clouds. However, “like dust devils, some stronger gustnadoes can cause damage.”

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