Multiple waterspouts were spotted swirling simultaneously off Louisiana’s coast on August 20, as severe storms battered the region with hail.
This footage shot by Chad Gaspard in the Gulf of Mexico captures at least six of the watery vortexes spiralling skyward against a blanket of dark storm clouds.
“Once in a lifetime will you see something like this if you’re lucky,” Gaspard wrote on Facebook. “There were nine in total (three of which were off screen).”
Tom Skilling, a meteorologist with Chicago’s WGN-TV was similarly impressed. In a Facebook post featuring an image of the event he wrote, “I’ve worked 50 years in this business and I did a double take when I saw these simultaneous waterspouts.”
The storms came as the US National Weather Service predicted two tropical depressions — one in the North Atlantic and another in the Carribean — could develop into hurricanes upon hitting the Gulf. According to US media, it would be the first instance of two separate tropical storm systems in the basin in over 60 years. Credit: Chad Gaspard via Storyful