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Wow! Waterspouts Form Near Hawaii

Hawaii Waterspout Little

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(Image credit: Courtesy Chuck Little)

When waterspouts formed offshore of Honolulu, Hawaii on Monday (May 2), locals grabbed their cameras and snapped pictures of the stunning sight.

Resident Chuck Little snapped the above images of twin waterspouts. Waterspouts are essentially tornadoes that touch water, though they are not formed of water themselves; they are funnel clouds that shoot down from storm clouds.

Hawaii Waterspout Little

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(Image credit: Courtesy Chuck Little)

In this image, Little notes that you can see the left spout beginning to dissipate.

Hawaii Waterspout Little

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(Image credit: Courtesy Chuck Little)

"This photo was taken after the first waterspout had dissipated you can see the interisland tug and barge between the spout and the shoreline as it's headed out of Honolulu Harbor," Little told OurAmazingPlanet.

Waterspout Honolulu

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(Image credit: Erik Vossman, www.alohaupdate.com)

The waterspouts were spotted just off of Ala Moana Beach Park, Kaka'ako Beach Park and the Honolulu Harbor for about 30 minutes, according to Erik Vossman, of alohaupdate.com.

Waterspout Honolulu

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(Image credit: Erik Vossman, www.alohaupdate.com.)

Waterspouts rarely cause damage, so they usually aren't rated on the Enhanced Fujita tornado damage scale. [The Tornado Damage Scale in Images ]

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