Waterspout touches down in Tampa Bay
This waterspout touched down in Tampa Bay around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. Photo by Jeffrey Tomalo
A waterspout touched down in Tampa Bay Wednesday afternoon. Photo submitted by Gabrielle
TAMPA BAY - Mother nature put on quite a show for motorists crossing Tampa Bay bridges early Wednesday afternoon. A waterspout formed and touched down between the Howard Frankland and Gandy bridges and took a spin across the bay.
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The funnel cloud formed around 12:30 p.m. and held together for about eight or nine minutes as it moved from the southwest to the northeast.
It did not make it to shore and there were no reports of damage.
Waterspouts can do some quick damage if they move ashore, usually in the form of torn-up lanais, downed branches and strewn lawn furniture.
Once ashore, they typically fall apart quickly.