A waterspout making its way to the northwestern Italian city of Sanremo was captured on camera.
Video shows the vortex being whipped up on close to the French border. The tornado-like phenomenon started at sea, close to the beaches of the famous tourist resort in the Italian Riviera and then moved into the city center.
The waterspout caused extensive damage to the city, tearing chimneys from rooftops, damaging cars in the central and western parts of the city and the Old Port area, but report suggest no one was seriously injured.
In the footage, boats can be seen swaying in high winds as water and debris are thrown into the air and thrown against the coast.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration defines a waterspout as a whirling column of air and water mist.
According to NOAA's National Weather Service, waterspouts fall into two categories: fair weather waterspouts and tornadic waterspouts.
“Tornadic waterspouts are tornadoes that form over water, or move from land to water. They have the same characteristics as a land tornado. They are associated with severe thunderstorms, and are often accompanied by high winds and seas, large hail, and frequent dangerous lightning. By the time the funnel is visible, a fair weather waterspout is near maturity,” said NOAA.
It added, “If a waterspout moves onshore, the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning, as some of them can cause significant damage and injuries to people. Northern Italy has been hit by snow and storms in the last few days, leading to weather alerts being issued.”
Stunned eye witnesses captured videos that showed waterspout making its way towards the coast.
A view of the spectacular waterspout off San Remo, Liguria, NW Italy, yesterday (December 1st). One should ALWAYS be aware of changing weather conditions. pic.twitter.com/8L1iclb2Tp— Disaster-Planning (@Prep_4_Disaster) December 2, 2017
Waterspout in San Remo (Italy, December 1, 2017). pic.twitter.com/6wjzYNWPUO— #MeteoRussia (@MeteoRUSSIA) December 2, 2017
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