They All Looked Out At The Water And What They Saw Had Them All Screaming….

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Thunderstorms helped produce a massive waterspout off the coast of Destin, Florida. People who saw a video of the cool-looking weather phenomenon were more than terrified.

If you’ve never seen a waterspout before, you might think it’s a tornado happening over water instead of land – and that’s pretty much what is going on.

The spouts were caught on video in Destin, in the northeastern part of the state near the Alabama border, as the area was struck by lightning and storms on Tuesday morning.

A clip posted to Instagram at around 7 am local time by @boo_freeman shows the beach in Destin with the sky covered by a huge, dark cloud hanging low on the horizon.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) states that waterspout is a phenomenon of a “whirling column of air and water mist”.

Waterspouts in “fair weather” are connected with calmer conditions, while “tornadic” waterspouts take place during major thunderstorms and imitate the characteristics of a tornado, which can be harmful, particularly if they cross over land, according to the agency.

AccuWeather’s Jesse Ferrell confirmed what many people thought – this was not a typical waterspout but one that was very incredible given the circumstances.

“It looks like this was a legitimate tornado over water formed by a supercell thunderstorm, not a weak waterspout spun up from a rain shower,” Ferrell explained.

Conditions in Destin, including 10 to 20 mph winds and intense thunderstorms, contributed to the “spectacular results” that dazzled many.

And waterspouts don’t just form over oceans. They’re also known to form over lakes including the Great Lakes.

The waterspouts near Destin moved away from the coastline after they had formed and didn’t cross over land.

The National Weather Service for Mobile, Alabama, and Pensacola, Florida tweeted shortly after 7 am on Tuesday:

“Storms off of Destin are producing a large waterspout just offshore. This storm appears to be moving parallel to the coast off of Miramar Beach. Use caution if out boating this morning as other storms could also produce waterspout.”

According to AWM, DailyMail readers shared hundreds of comments about this Florida waterspout.

“Spectacular footage. The beach in the Panhandle is beautiful, and it is lovely to watch when a storm rolls in.”

“While working on the family shrimp boats when young, we saw a lot of them, albeit much smaller than the one shown. Seemed sort of common when squalls were coming in, but we were too busy pulling up the gear before the storm arrived to gawk at them much.”

“As a Floridian, I can assure you that waterspouts don’t scare us.”

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Sources: AWM, DailyMail

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