Waterspouts reported near St. George Island

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By: Charles Roop
July 15, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Coastal showers and a few thunderstorms spawned multiple waterspouts offshore of St. George Island Saturday morning, according to viewers who submitted images and video.

The first reports came in from viewer Ashley Jacobsen when she sent images of waterspouts from the beach in St. George Island around 10:15 am. Jacobsen also spotted funnels earlier, but they never touched down.

For the next hour, Jacobsen would spot additional waterspouts developing and touching down offshore.

Other viewers submitted images and video (attached to this web story) of funnels and waterspouts around the island.

The National Weather Service had issued Special Marine Warnings starting at 10:13 am, noting severe thunderstorms with the potential of developing waterspouts.

As reports came in of actual waterspouts and the storms maintained strength, the warnings were adjusted and extended. The last warning was issued just before noon, and was set to expire at 1 pm. The aforementioned warning was allowed to expire early as the storm dissipated around 12:30 pm.

There are no known reports of the waterspouts striking land, or injuries and damage.

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