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‘Majestic View’: How did a waterspout form in Marco Island?

The power of nature was on full display in Marco Island Sunday afternoon.

Denise Askew Galpin, a WINK News viewer, sent us this video of a waterspout on Barfield Bay in Marco Island.

Waterspouts form when outflow boundaries of storms crash into one another. The converging air is forced upwards and warm water helps in the formation of that condensation cloud, said Zach Maloch, a meteorologist at WINK News. These feats of nature last for only a matter of minutes and can be compared to an EF0 tornado.

“They are quite the majestic view and pose no significant threat as long as you are not on the water,” Maloch said. “The next time you see one, send us a video like Denise did!”

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