REDINGTON BEACH, Fla. – Beachgoers were caught off guard Tuesday as a waterspout spun in the waters around Redington Beach, Florida, before reaching land.
Sam Samera (@gatorsam) posted a video of the short-lived tornado as it touched land in Pinellas County, sending some debris flying in the air. No injuries have been reported.
"Crazy waterspout action here in Redington Beach, Florida. Awesome to see one live (a bit scary too!)" he said in his social media post.
In most cases, waterspouts that make landfall are significantly weaker than tornadoes, produce little or no damage and quickly dissipate.
A waterspout is a funnel that contains an intense vortex, sometimes destructive, of small horizontal extent which occurs over a body of water.
While many believe a waterspout is simply a tornado over water, this is only partially true. According to NOAA, waterspouts come in a couple of different types: tornadic and fair weather.