Tornadoes and Waterspouts

    Living along coastal Florida in the panhandle area we see tornadoes from time to time. Most form as waterspouts over the Gulf of Mexico. Even though most never make it to shore there are those that are strong enough to make it ashore. When this happens the waterspouts transitions into a tornado. Recently we captured a few waterspouts along in the outter bands of Hurricane Ida earlier this year (2021) and April 23 2020 we had a large wedge waterspout come ashore as a tornado damaging Downtown Panama City. In June 2020 I witnessed 6 waterspouts at one time over the gulf from one thundercloud around sunset. Waterspouts are tornadoes over the water and if you're on a boat you need to beware of them. They have been known to capsize boats and sink them.