Waterspout forms near Clearwater Beach

The waterspout formed near the northern part of Clearwater Beach on Tuesday morning.

A waterspout formed near Clearwater Beach on Tuesday. Ken Watts photo via City of Clearwater

CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) – A Clearwater firefighter captured an amazing photo of a waterspout.

Kent Watts snapped a photo of the waterspout over Clearwater Beach on Tuesday morning. The waterspout was in the northern part of the beach. The photo clearly shows the waterspout with the beach and a volleyball court in the foreground. The waterspout later dissipated and did not make landfall.

Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Leigh Spann says waterspouts develop during certain weather conditions in the Tampa Bay area. “They are more common when we get wind flow off the Gulf of Mexico,” said Spann.

A News Channel 8 viewer also submitted a photo of the waterspout. Don Stansell sent a photo of the waterspout near Clearwater Beach that was taken around 10 a.m.

Waterspouts are called tornadoes once they make landfall.

A waterspout formed near Clearwater Beach on Tuesday. Don Stansell  photo
A waterspout formed near Clearwater Beach on Tuesday. Don Stansell photo
A waterspout formed near Clearwater Beach on Tuesday. Ken Watts photo via City of Clearwater
A waterspout formed near Clearwater Beach on Tuesday. Ken Watts photo via City of Clearwater

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