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Stunning video shows tornado-like waterspout off Florida coast

Thunderstorms around the Florida panhandle caused several waterspouts, which look like tornados in the ocean, to form Tuesday morning.

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One of several dramatic waterspouts that loomed over coastal waters in northwest Florida on Tuesday morning was captured on impressive video footage as thunderstorms briefly rocked the area with thunder and lightning.

Users’ attention was first drawn to a video by the account @boo freeman, who posted it to Instagram at 7 a.m. local time. Destin beach footage panned from a large, low-lying dark cloud to what looked like a massive tornado-like funnel connecting the sea and sky.

A waterspout is a “whirling column of air and water mist,” as defined by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that “tornadic” waterspouts, which share many characteristics with actual tornadoes, form during particularly violent thunderstorms. Those are risky, particularly if they cross land.

Tuesday morning, a few waterspouts were spotted in the panhandle of Florida, near Destin and Henderson Beach State Park. Another whirling storm was caught on camera by CBS affiliate WKRG as it formed near Fort Henderson Beach before 6 a.m., and the station followed its progress across the water in a time-lapse video.

The waterspouts that formed off the coast of Destin eventually veered away from the shore and did not make contact with the ground. There was a marine warning from the National Weather Service that didn’t expire until the early afternoon.

Waterspouts were captured on camera last month off the coast of Finland on three separate occasions.