Waterspouts are natural phenomena representing the real power of nature and storms near the Gulf Coast.
The Gulf Coast has been making headlines for quite some time, and things got really heated this summer. The area was under a constant hurricane threat, and one video footage shows six gigantic water tornadoes dancing on the surface of the ocean.
Frank LeDay took the incredible video featuring the tornado-like phenomena southwest of Galliano, Louisiana. The breath-taking scene caught the attention of the entire nation. A perfect occurrence in 2020, right?
Someone took another video showing the incredible water tornado!
According to Ed Piotrowski, a meteorologist at WPDE, this phenomenon is “the most picturesque sprouts I’ve ever seen. It almost looks like War of the Worlds out there!”
Check out this video of several spectacular waterspouts offshore of Louisiana Thursday. Those are some of the most picturesque spouts I’ve ever seen. It almost looks like War of the Worlds out there! Raney Frederick took this amazing video from his work platform. Thanks, Raney!
FYI -- Waterspouts aren’t any more common than usual. When you have a pattern that produces more showers and storms over water, you can get more waterspouts.
Posted by Ed Piotrowski WPDE on Thursday, August 20, 2020
Locals of the Gulf Coast and coastal Louisiana were evacuating ahead of Hurricane Marco and Tropical Storm Laura when the natural phenomenon occurred. Some parishes have ordered mandatory evacuations of residents. People in Orleans Parish had to evacuate immediately.
Tropical Storm Laura was expected to turn into a hurricane by the time it hits the land.
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It almost doesn’t seem real or even possible, but there were SIX waterspouts simultaneously in the Gulf…
National Weather Service meteorologist Benjamin Schott explained that Laura could turn into a Category 3 storm. Experts at the National Hurricane Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have warned that “life-threatening storm surge and hurricane-force winds” were about to slam areas of the Gulf Coast.
Residents don’t remember seeing two back-to-back hurricanes hitting the same area in such a short time.
“The unprecedented kind of thing here is that it’s the same state within 48 hours of each other,” Schott said. “In modern meteorological history … there’s never been anything like this before where you could have possibly two hurricanes hitting within miles of each other over a 48 hour period.”
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards requested that the federal government declares a state of emergency.
“This is unlike anything we have seen, with two hurricanes expected to impact our state nearly back to back,” Edwards said at the time. “This may mean that people will have to shelter in place for more than 72 hours and that there may not be time to do things like restoring lost power between the two storms.”
In exactly three days from now, here’s what the HWRF model says a Hurricane Laura could look like as it’s approaching the Gulf Coast.
I’ll say it very simply: Laura poses a potentially catastrophic threat to the Texas and Louisiana coast.
Watch this storm very closely. pic.twitter.com/o7RKwH0mpl
— Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) August 24, 2020