Environment Canada is confirming a funnel cloud was recently spotted in Bracebridge.

On Sunday night, residents around the community snapped pictures of what looked like the beginning of a tornado over the town.

Meteorologist Geoff Coulson says he’s reviewed some of the pictures and it definitely was the start of a more serious storm system.

He says a funnel cloud isn’t considered a tornado unless it’s touching the ground.

Coulson says severe storm systems that can cause tornados are fairly common in Muskoka in July and August.

He says if you have snapped a picture of a funnel cloud you can email the weather service storm.ontario@ec.gc.ca or use the hashtag #ONStorm on social media, which is reviewed regularly by Environment Canada.

If you are caught in a severe thunderstorm or spot a tornado you should find a safe place to get inside immediately.