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WATCH: Waterspout Spotted Off Florida Coast

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Talk about too close for comfort: vacationers and residents caught a rare glimpse of a waterspout just off the shores of Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Saturday, reportedly damaging sailboats and creating a spooky sight on Florida’s beaches in the heart of spring break season.

Part of a lengthy batch of severe thunderstorms that pushed through central and south Florida on Saturday, a waterspout developed just off of the beaches of Fort Lauderdale just after noon local time (Eastern Daylight Time), coming dangerously close to the city’s popular beaches

Video of the Fort Lauderdale, Florida #waterspout from earlier today. WeatherNationTV.com

Posted by WeatherNation on Saturday, March 19, 2016

Floridian waters are well-known for their vulnerability to waterspouts, with converging land and sea breezes often creating the rotation for these quick water twisters. On land, 28 confirmed tornadoes have touched down so far in 2016, well above average year-to-date with El Nino conditions continuing to keep Florida unusually active both in terms of severe weather and rainfall.

More storms are possible in the area through Sunday as a slow-moving cold front, but by Monday the bad weather is expected to clear the area, setting the stage for a significantly cooler but calmer week across the Sunshine State.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi – Photo/video: Patrick Martin

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