Locals and tourists were treated to a rare sight when a massive waterspout formed offshore near Henderson Beach State Park in Destin, Florida, on Tuesday morning. The storm seemed to be moving parallel to the coast just south of Miramar Beach in the Gulf of Mexico. There were no reports of any damage to boats or buildings in the area, and no one has reported any injuries.
A fairweather waterspout is a tornado-like column of whirling air and mist that forms over water.
Contrary to popular belief, Waterspouts don’t stir up any water. They tend to be weaker than tornadoes.
A glorious waterspout cruisin’ by during sunrise. ????????????????
Posted by DestinFlorida.com on Tuesday, 16 August 2022
Remarkable scene at Destin early this morning… Video from @boo_freeman
Posted by James Spann on Tuesday, 16 August 2022
Twitter was also abuzz after the footage of the Destin waterspout went viral.
Here’s another view of the #waterspout seen off of Matthew Blvd. and Highway 98 in Destin. Thankfully no damage reported. Video courtesy Deputy Kyle Warf! #Flwx #Destin pic.twitter.com/xXbwng3NBk
— OkaloosaSheriff (@OCSOALERTS) August 16, 2022
Huge waterspout off the coast of Destin this morning. #flwx #destin #waterspout #flwx video by Arjay Floyd pic.twitter.com/HOqmDl78Tz
— Kaitlin Wright (@wxkaitlin) August 16, 2022
Here’s a video of the large waterspout south of Destin/Henderson Beach! This was sent in courtesy of Jonathan Day. Thanks Jonathan! pic.twitter.com/dzCJm2WxFq
— NWS Mobile (@NWSMobile) August 16, 2022