FL Waterspout Over Tampa Bay

By: CBS Newspath/CBS
By: CBS Newspath/CBS

WTSP spotted a waterspout that may have officially turned into a tornado on the station

A waterspout touches down near Safety Harbor, Florida. (Courtesy: CBS Newspath)

WTSP spotted a waterspout that may have officially turned into a tornado on the station's tower cams tonight shortly after 6:30 near the Courtney Campbell bridge.

It formed off of seabreeze collisions and outflow boundaries from other storms. The collision of the storms caused the rotation seen here.

The difference between a waterspout and a tornado is that a waterspout stays over water, but once it makes landfall, it is classified as a tornado.

Right now, Pinellas County is reporting no damage, and preliminary reports from the National Weather Service in Ruskin say that on radar it looked like it came ashore, but our belief is that because the vortex was tilted at the base, it lifted before coming ashore.


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