Massive Waterspout Appeared in Southern Italy

Amy Tang
By Amy Tang
November 22, 2018World News

Have you ever seen a waterspout?

It’s a huge column of water mist and air.

In Vietri sul Mare, a port-city in the Salerno province of Italy, people witnessed a striking scene when a huge waterspout appeared around 3 p.m. on Nov. 20.

There haven’t been reports of injuries, but according to the local media, the whirling, tornado-like column of water caused damage to trailers and moorings when it eventually moved onto port.

Many people shared their photos and video recordings of the waterspout on social media.

Waterspouts are not the same as tornadoes. According to The National Ocean Service’s website, there are two categories of waterspouts, tornadic waterspouts and fair weather waterspouts.

A key difference between the two is that tornadic waterspouts are usually associated with severe thunderstorms, while fair weather waterspouts are not.

In addition, since fair weather waterspouts are formed in light wind conditions, they do not normally move around. However, if they do move onto land, a tornado warning will be issued, as they can cause injuries to people as well as other damages.

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