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    PHOTOS: Waterspout Churns Up in Nassau, Bahamas

    By Samantha-Rae Tuthill, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
    September 22, 2013, 7:30:01 AM EDT

    Photographers captured the image of a waterspout that churned up in Nassau, Bahamas, on Sept. 17.

    Waterspouts fall into two categories; tornadic water spouts are tornadoes that form over water, complete with accompanying thunderstorms and other severe weather elements. Fair-weather waterspouts, on the other hand, start at the water's surface and spiral upward.

    Waterspouts typically remain over the water, but they may make an unexpected move over land.

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    AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Dan Kottlowski said that showers and thunderstorms have been in the area for a few days and will continue to be into Friday. While not an organized system, an upper-level disturbance has been parked over the area, causing the disruptive weather.

    "It's been more active than usual for them," Kottlowski said.

    See the photos below of Tuesday's waterspout and the Weather Whys that explain them.


    Waterspout seen at the Nassau Airport.

    We explain how fair-weather waterspouts form.

    This weather why warns of the dangers of waterspouts.

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