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Jaw-Dropping Waterspout in Genoa, Italy, Captured In Video and Photos

By Jess Baker
Published: August 20, 2014

Incredible images coming from Genoa, Italy, where a pair of waterspouts formed Tuesday.

The waterspout captured in the video above was one of the two that spun up in a heavily-populated area of the city. At least one made landfall, causing damage. No word on significant injuries.

More amazing video and photos were shared via social media.

"There are two main ways waterspouts form," weather.com meteorologist Nick Wiltgen explains. "Most waterspouts form under relatively weak showers or thundershowers when a column of rising air begins spinning as it draws air in from its surroundings. These waterspouts usually dissipate quickly upon reaching land."

"Some waterspouts, however, form the same way regular tornadoes do," Wiltgen says. "Those are spawned from powerful supercell thunderstorms, and are more likely to either begin over land, or to move inland and stay intact."

As weather.com meteorologist Ari Sarsarlari explains in the video above, "This is actually a tornado on water that spawned from a supercell."

(MORE: 5 Waterspout Hotspots Around the World)

According to Dr. Greg Forbes, severe weather expert at The Weather Channel, Florida is the waterspout capital of the U.S. As many as 500 waterspouts are recorded off the sunshine state each year.

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