North Carolina’s Outer Banks saw a waterspout Thursday afternoon around 4:15 p.m. local time. Tourist and residents in Nags Head, North Carolina were caught off guard when they suddenly saw a rotating column over the water with no warning.
Waterspouts are closely related to tornadoes and can appear to look alike but there are differences. Waterspouts can come from calm weather or from a thunderstorm. A tornado only comes out of a thunderstorm. Waterspouts are usually less intense than tornadoes and the major difference is waterspouts usually happen over water and tornadoes will most likely take place on land.