Crowds in George Town and Seven Mile Beach were mesmerised by a giant waterspout that appeared during
Friday’s busy lunch hour.
The waterspout was first spotted
around 12.30pm and quickly moved westward along Seven
Some onlookers at the George Town
waterfront were overheard asking if it was a tornado and if it was dangerous.
They were half right – waterspouts are essentially tornadoes over
water. Waterspouts are most common over warm oceans
and although waterspouts are generally weaker then
tornadoes on land, they can be a danger to boaters.
“Usually in the vicinity of the waterspout the wind speeds are more significant and the seas are quite locally more rough so there’s more danger to boaters who are near the waterspout,” Cayman Islands National Weather Service Chief Meteorologist John
There are two different wind speeds to look out for, Mr. Tibbetts said. Boaters should beware of the wind speeds around the waterspout and the waterspout’s speed of motion from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’.
Mr. Tibbets advises boaters to stay clear of waterspouts because the increased wind speeds cause the sea to become more rough and choppy especially in the area where the waterspout touches down.