JAMES ISLAND, S.C. (WCBD) – Multiple waterspouts were spotted along the Charleston, South Carolina coast on Sunday.
Most reports came in from Edisto up to Folly Beach between 9 to 10 a.m., and a few off Sullivan’s Island.
Forecasters with the National Weather Service said several waterspouts formed near Charleston on Sunday, but said there were no reports of any moving over land.
A viewer said he was taking the dog out when he spotted the waterspout near Seaside Creek and Morris Island and captured a video. (video credit: Steve Cook)
What is a waterspout? According to News 2 meteorologist, Grace Lowe, a waterspout is a spinning column of air, water, and mist. They descend from a cloud and fall onto an ocean or a lake, and it is important to understand waterspout safety.
The best way to navigate a waterspout is to listen for special marine warnings and try to move at a 90-degree angle from the apparent movement of the waterspout.
(Above video: Waterspout near Edisto Island courtesy Tara Rigdon)