A large waterspout was spotted off the coast of Florida on Tuesday morning – leaving onlookers in awe of the natural phenomenon, according to reports and videos circulating on social media.
The breathtaking scene near the town of Destin was captured by a person on the beach who could be heard saying, “Look at this guy, he’s a big ‘one’,” according to video posted by weather.com.
The National Weather Service of Mobile, Alabama and Pensacola, Florida, said in a tweet that storms in the area were producing a large waterspout off the coast as the agency warned boaters to exercise caution. The tweet also said the storm appeared to be moving parallel to the coast off Miramar Beach.
Another video shared by the weather service shows a driver capturing the moment as a car drives down a Florida highway around 6 a.m. central time.
The National Weather Service called the waterspout “rather impressive” as it explained in a series of tweets how the weather event can form.
The National Weather Service said they are like tornadoes over water and can be divided into fair weather waterspouts or tornado waterspouts.
Favorable weather conditions are generally the less dangerous of the two and can be common on Florida’s south coast from late spring to early fall, according to the weather service.
New York Post