As multiple storms approach to hit landfall an estimated eleven massive waterspouts or water tornados have been captured off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico.
Initially, the media reported that six tornados were seen swirling simultaneously in the Gulf of Mexico last week, as two tropical storms headed for the U.S. mainland.
The original video was captured by Frank Leday and shows the columns of seawater being sucked into the air off the coast of Louisiana swirling in the distance.
“Wow!! Ever see 6 water spouts at once?” Leday wrote on Facebook.
However, video uploaded to social media by Evening Meteorologist Scot Pilie and claims by StormChaserEUK shows up to 10 simultaneous waterspouts recorded off the coast of Louisiana on August 20th, 2020, ABC New Orleans reported.
Pilie later updated his estimate to be as many as ELEVEN waterspouts potentially captured at once offshore of Louisiana.
Waterspouts are tornadoes that form over water or move from land to water, according to the National Ocean Service. Waterspouts are usually classified as an EF-0 tornado on the Enhanced Fujita for tornado intensity, which is very low.
The Orlando Sentinel reported that Florida has endured at least two tornadoes in the last week, including an EF-2 that tore up DeLand and another massive waterspout off the coast of South Florida.
The National Hurricane Center’s latest forecast predicted that Tropical Storm Marco may hit Louisiana as a hurricane by Monday, August 24th, while Marco could also hit the Gulf Coast over the coming days.
The Dailymail reports that Joel Cline, the tropical program coordinator for the National Weather Service, warned about the effects of the storms. “A lot of people are going to be impacted by rainfall and storm surge in the Gulf of Mexico… since you simply don’t know you really need to make precautions,” Cline said.
CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen explained:
It’s always tough to predict hurricanes, especially their intensity. In this case, it’s tough to say at this point which storm will be the strongest. The storms could potentially interact with each other and that makes this forecast (or two) even more complicated.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards requested a federal emergency declaration from the White House, citing the potential impact of two hurricanes hitting the state simultaneously.
In a statement on Saturday, August 22nd, Edwards said: “This is unlike anything we have seen, with two hurricanes expected to impact our state nearly back to back. This may mean that people will have to shelter in place for more than 72 hours and that there may not be time to do things like restore lost power between the two storms.”
Lake Michigan holds the visual record of 9 waterspouts occurring at once in a single photo.
Watch the mesmerizing video of waterspouts/tornados swirling in the Gulf below.