Large waterspout moves onshore, stirs up debris along Florida West Coast beach

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A waterspout that moved onshore amazed beachgoers at Redington Beach recently.

Several residents posted and retweeted video of the waterspout on social media Wednesday.

While some types of waterspouts are usually less dangerous than tornadoes, they can be common over South Florida’s coastal waters from late spring to early fall, according to the National Weather Service.

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A waterspout that moved onshore at Redington Beach amazed Florida beachgoers.
A waterspout that moved onshore at Redington Beach amazed Florida beachgoers.

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The best way to avoid a waterspout is to move at a 90-degree angle to its apparent movement. Never move closer to investigate a waterspout. Some can be just as dangerous as tornadoes.

Redington Beach is a small, residential beach town located in Pinellas County on Florida's West Coast, near St. Petersburg.

Kylie Beggs' video of the waterspout was retweeted several times.

Another video captured the waterspout from another angle.

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It was the second time this week residents spotted waterspouts off Florida's coast. Residents off Destin captured video of a large waterspout offshore Tuesday morning.

The National Weather Service, Mobile, said the waterspout was generated by a storm that seemed to move parallel to the coast off Miramar Beach.

What is a waterspout?

Waterspouts are similar to tornadoes over water. There are two types of waterspouts: tornadic and fair weather.

Tornadic waterspouts are tornadoes that form over water, or move from land to water, according to the National Weather Service. They have the same characteristics as a land tornado. They are associated with severe thunderstorms, and are often accompanied by high winds and seas, large hail and frequent lightning.

Fair weather waterspouts are usually less dangerous. They're common over South Florida’s coastal waters from late spring to early fall.  Typically, fair weather waterspouts dissipate rapidly when they make landfall, and rarely penetrate far inland.

If a waterspout moves onshore, the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning since some of them can cause significant damages and injuries to people.

This article originally appeared on Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Florida waterspout spotted off Redington Beach