A waterspout that formed just off the coast of Perdido Key in Florida moved inland with its parent thunderstorm, becoming a tornado and hitting some neighborhoods of Pleasant Grove, near Naval Air Station Pensacola.
Damage reports from local emergency crews to the National Weather Service in Mobile indicate that damage was minimal and minor. Some trees were blown down, and a fence and mailbox were damaged.
Even after the tornado lifted, people beneath the storm that spawned the tornado said the weather got rough for a period of time from near Pleasant Grove to Myrtle Grove. Power was out for parts of the area immediately west of Pensacola.
No injuries nor fatalities have been reported.
Waterspouts are common off the Florida Coast, especially during the warm weather season. The majority of the waterspouts that do form off of Florida's beaches are commonly called "fair weather" waterspouts and form beneath growing cumulus clouds and quickly weaken when they hit land. Last night's waterspout that moved ashore near Pensacola was a tornadic waterspout, which do not necessarily weaken upon striking land since they are true tornadoes that happen to form over water. Any waterspout that moves over land is considered a tornado and can do damage, although most damage is minor.