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Waterspout Forms near St. George Island

Waterspout near St. George Island
Posted at 10:57 AM, Jul 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-20 12:40:44-04

ST. GEORGE ISLAND, FL (WTXL) - A waterspout formed Monday morning near the Franklin County coastline after an intense stationary storm sat over the open waters. Because of this, a marine warning was issued for the Forgotten Coast until 11:30 am.

Waterspouts typically form during the summer and early fall when water temperatures get into the mid 80s. This warm water allows the evaporation process to kick into full gear and clouds build vertically. This morning, winds at the ground level moved out of the west and southwest while upper level winds advanced from the northeast. This turning winds with height allowed the waterspout to form.