Waterspout off the coast of Eastbourne stuns locals in the UK
This is the spectacular moment a waterspout was seen off the coast of Eastbourne in the UK.
Onlooker Agnieszka Kucharska said that he was cleaning windows at a customer’s house when she noticed the unusual sight on November 1 in East Sussex.
She said: ‘I have never seen anything like that. I was like ‘oh my god, what’s that’.’
Residents said the rare weather phenomenon formed over the sea shortly after 10am in the morning.
Another eyewitness told local media she spotted the waterspout as she was walking her dog this morning.
She added: ‘It grabbed my attention with the way it was travelling and more so with what was going on with the water below. I’m sure I could hear noise coming from it too.’
Waterspout tornadoes form when wind merges from opposite directions near the water’s surface, creating a small area of spin. Warm air at the surface causes the spinning air to rotate faster and it starts to rise – picking up water at the same time and forming a cloud.
Sometimes the air spins so fast that it stretches and a funnel appears from the water to the thunderstorm cloud above.
Waterspouts are generally not dangerous but they can be a risk for aircraft flying through the area and for coral reefs and marine life in the water immediately below. Sailors should also try to avoid waterspouts – as the consequences of floating into one could be disastrous.
The sighting came as a yellow weather warning was issued across parts of the UK as a storm from the Atlantic caused minor flooding and blew over several trees.
The Met Office warned of localised funnel clouds or tornadoes and reported there were ‘some very strong gusts of wind on the south coast’.