HOMESTEAD (CBSMiami) – It wasn’t actually a tornado, but it was enough to get people in South Miami-Dade excited Friday night as just before sunset, a finger of wind stretched groundward near Homestead. It looked dramatic, but apparently did no damage.

Photos of the ominous cloud were sent by CBS4 viewers reporting a tornado near Homestead, but CBS4 meteorologist David Bernard said the cloud was technically a funnel cloud, not a tornado.

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For a cloud like the one snapped in South Miami-Dade to be a tornado, it must touch the ground, and there was no evidence that this could did so. A spokesman for the Homestead police department confirmed there was no report of a touchdown or damage.

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Clouds that drop down from the sky but don’t touch the ground, even those that look dramatic, are technically funnel clouds, still impressive to see but not an official tornado.

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No warning was issued for the clouds, which were apparently part of a single isolated thunderstorm over the South Miami-Dade area.