AccuWeather.com Meteorologist and Social Media Coordinator Jesse Ferrell writes in his blog: "When I saw this photo this morning on Social Media, I couldn't believe it was real."
Ferrell has vetted the photo and says that it is one of dozens of photos of the photogenic waterspout that came on shore north of Tampa, Fla., Monday night (additional photos on Twitter and Facebook from Denis Philips (ABC) and Paul Dellegatto (FOX)). The photo (and video below) was taken by Joey Mole, of Safety Harbor, Fla.
Joey says he had never seen a waterspout before, and neither had his neighbors, who had lived there for 40 years. It made landfall only 250 feet from Joey's dock and went over his neighbor's home, two houses down. Joey says minor damage occurred, including missing shingles and downed trees.
For more about how Ferrell confirmed the photo's authenticity, read the WeatherMatrix Blog.
A 32-year-old Marine was hospitalized on Saturday, July 4, after being bitten by a shark near Surf City, North Carolina, WITN-TV reports.
Showers and thunderstorms will continue to affect much of the Northeast through at least the middle of the week.
A cold front swinging across the Great Lakes will bring the threat of severe thunderstorms to the Ohio Valley on Tuesday afternoon and early Tuesday night.
The Big Four Ice Caves area is closed until further notice while search and rescue teams assess the area for recovery of the deceased victim, according to the sheriff's office and the U.S. Forest Service.
A budding tropical system may pass close enough to Hawaii to bring an uptick in gusty showers and thunderstorms as well as building seas late the week.
After moving through Guam over the weekend, Chan-hom will intensify as it tracks toward Japan's Ryukyu Islands, Taiwan and eventually east-central China this week.
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