Waterspout tornado forms during storms off coast of Thailand

A large waterspout tornado formed during a storm off the coast of Thailand this afternoon (June 17).

The elephant trunk shaped funnel was seen stretched from dark grey clouds into the ocean in Chonburi province shortly after 3pm.

Heavy rain battered the region today with overcast and humid weather.

Waterspouts are intense columns of swirling tornado clouds that form over a body of water.

They are most commonly found in subtropical areas and disappear shortly after they come into contact with land.

Thailand's humid Southeast Asian climate combined with fierce thunderstorms can often give rise to waterspouts in coastal areas.