A large waterspout was spotted in Mobile Bay, Alabama, on Thursday, June 26. Viewers could see the funnel cloud from the Dauphin Island Parkway around 4.30 p.m.
Waterspouts, while often mistakenly believed to be tornadoes over water, are actually much less dangerous and relatively common occurrences along the Gulf Coast. However, a special marine warning was instated until 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, according to AL.com.
Waterspout in Mobile Bay, AL
Waterspout spotted in Mobile Bay
A water spout passes near the beach in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Monday, Jan. 25, 2010 as thunderstorms move into the area. Cooler weather with highs in the mid 70s are expected. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
A cargo ship sails near the path of a water spout near the beach in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Monday, Jan. 25, 2010 as thunderstorms move into the area. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
A water spout touches down in Kullen, southern Sweden Sunday Aug. 7, 2005 as seen from Gilleleje, Denmark. The phenomenon is extremely rare in the region but several have touched down in the past two days. (AP Photo/John McConnico)