A waterspout, a tornado that touches water but not land, was spotted over Lake Conway on Tuesday.
The National Weather Service confirmed that the weather event was a waterspout, according to Meteorologist Emilie Nipper. She said the phenomenon was sighted about 4:10 p.m. At press time, a meteorologist was still studying the strength of the storm.
Ron Thorn of Conway and a friend filmed the water spout from the balcony of his home on Grand View Heights.
“I had just walked into the house, and my balcony overlooks the city. I stepped out on the balcony and immediately saw it,” Thorn said. “I called 9-1-1. The dispatcher got a confirmation from an officer that also witnessed it. They set off the alarms. It was right on Lake Conway. It was heading north and east, north mainly. There was no rain. It was on the water, it looks like. Tornados I saw in the past had debris in it … but this was all water.”
City and county authorities reported no calls from the public reporting storm damage on Tuesday afternoon.
Watch the video of the waterspout at www.thecabin.net.
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