LEADBETTER — Thunderstorms moving through the area Sunday, Oct. 10, produced a waterspout off Leadbetter Point, according to the National Weather Service.

At 12:30 p.m., radar indicated the waterspout was approximately 10 miles west of Leadbetter Point and 14 miles north of Long Beach. The thunderstorm was producing sustained winds of 30 mph and pea-sized hail.

The NWS issued a Special Weather Statement at 12:25 p.m., warning of the waterspout and potential impacts, including overturning boats and creating hazardous waters.

“As far as the cell goes, it’s pretty low energy,” Pacific County Emergency Management Agency Director Scott McDougall said. “Not much potential. The max wind speed in the cell is only 30 mph and you have to have rotational winds speeds of 60 mph to create a tornado [on land]. As it goes over land it will degrade.”

Unlike tornadoes, waterspouts typically do no serious damage, falling apart as they come onto land. Waterspouts have been seen with some regularity in our area at this time of year since 2017.

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