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Waterspouts in SW Florida

This is a photo of a waterspout on Marco Island taken by Roy Birkeland on Tuesday, Sept. 18, from Vintage Bay.

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This is a photo of a waterspout on Marco Island taken by Roy Birkeland on Tuesday, Sept. 18, from Vintage Bay.

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  • John Cavanagh snapped this picture of the Tuesday, September 18, 2007 water spout from Residents Beach on Marco Island.
  • Andrea Battaglia spotted two waterspouts on Marco Island while on a Marco Island Sail & Power Squadron cruise to Useppa Island on Tuesday, Sept. 18.
  • Andrea Battaglia spotted two waterspouts on Marco Island while on a Marco Island Sail & Power Squadron cruise to Useppa Island on Tuesday, Sept. 18.
  • Just as quickly as they appeared, they were gone again. Two waterspouts formed side by side Tuesday afternoon September 18, 2007 over the Gulf of Mexico, off of Marco Island. Bystanders said they appeared far out over the water, one larger than the other, before being sucked back up into the rain cloud that stayed just over the Gulf of Mexico for the rest of the afternoon.
  • John Cavanagh snapped this picture of the Tuesday, September 18, 2007 water spout from Residents Beach on Marco Island.
  • Marco Island Zoning Administrator/GIS Manager snapped this photo of a waterspout off Marco Island Thursday afternoon.
  • Marco Island Zoning Administrator/GIS Manager snapped this photo of a waterspout off Marco Island Thursday afternoon.
  • Waterspout spotted in North Naples on August 16, 2007. Submitted by naplesnews.com reader coral
  • Amateur photographer Wes Davis of Fort Myers Beach snapped this photo of a waterspout during an evening storm in late June.
  • This waterspout, which reportedly took about 20 minutes to travel from Fort Myers Beach to Bonita Beach, began in Estero Bay about 7:15 a.m. June 25 and traveled across Lovers Key Carl E. Johnson State Park.
  • The National Weather Service office in Ruskin received at least 20 calls from the public with information about a spectacular waterspout that occurred last Monday in the Gulf waters off Lee County.
  • This waterspout was spotted off the Naples pier early during the evening of August 6, 2006. The photo was submitted by the Naples Daily News staff on behalf of Bruce Boring, who was visiting Naples from Pennsylvania.
  • Mary McCarthy reports that this fantastic waterspout photo was taken by her cousin from the deck of her house on the beach in Fort Myers Beach in June of 2007.
  • Mary McCarthy reports that this fantastic waterspout photo was taken by her cousin from the deck of her house on the beach in Fort Myers Beach in June of 2007.
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  • John DeRango of Estero snapped this photo of a double waterspout from the beach at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort.
  • John DeRango of Estero snapped this photo of a double waterspout from the beach at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort.
  • John DeRango of Estero snapped this photo of a double waterspout from the beach at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort.
  • One of several waterspouts off of Marco Island at 'Coconut Cove'... (where Coconut Island used to be). Taken early August 07. Submitted by naplesnews.com reader piratetom
  • Waterspout spotted in North Naples on August 16, 2007. Submitted by naplesnews.com reader kpar2
  • Waterspout spotted in North Naples on August 16, 2007. Submitted by naplesnews.com reader kpar2
  • Waterspout spotted in North Naples on August 16, 2007. Submitted by naplesnews.com reader coral
  • This is a photo of a waterspout taken by Mike Ehlen on Tuesday, Sept. 18, near Bald Eagle Drive on Marco.
  • This is a photo of a waterspout on Marco Island taken by Mike Sajdak on Tuesday, Sept. 18, from his balcony at Hammock Bay.
  • This is a photo of a waterspout on Marco Island taken by Mike Sajdak on Tuesday, Sept. 18, from his balcony at Hammock Bay.
  • This is a photo of a waterspout on Marco Island taken by Roy Birkeland on Tuesday, Sept. 18, from Vintage Bay.
  • A waterspout was observed off Sanibel Island on Sunday.
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Resembling a huge stingray tail whipping down from a dark cloud, waterspouts are more spectacular than dangerous. But have a little respect for this weather phenomenon common in the summer months above the warm waters off coastal Florida.

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