3 Waterspouts Seen Near Seven Mile Bridge in Florida Keys: National Weather Service

They stayed offshore, and there were no injuries or damage

By Edward B. Colby
|  Friday, Oct 11, 2013  |  Updated 1:17 AM EDT
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Three waterspouts were spotted near the Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys Thursday, the National Weather Service said.

A trained observer reported the waterspouts just north of the bridge close to its Marathon side at about 5:55 p.m., said Bill Cottrill, a forecaster in the National Weather Service’s Key West office.

“They were all at the same time in the same line of clouds,” he said.

A waterspout is essentially a tornado over water. Thursday’s waterspouts stayed offshore, and there were no injuries or damage, Cottrill said.

Waterspouts are seen quite often in the Keys, especially with the conditions seen Thursday, Cottrill said.

He said a sea breeze boundary moved over Florida Bay in the Gulf side waters north of Marathon. It was still there over the Seven Mile Bridge five hours later, Cottrill said.

“It provided a very good environment, and the waterspouts form especially in cloud lines with flat black bases,” he said.

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