A whirlwind of water was spotted near Navarre, Florida, early Tuesday morning as storms moved through the region.
AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Dan Kottlowski said a frontal boundary stalled in the region, creating the conditions necessary to spawn waterspouts.
Thunderstorms pushed across the panhandle through the day, but storms are not essential to create rotating whirlwinds of water, he added.
"There is less friction over water than land," he said.
As wind blasts the coast, it bounces back out to sea creating a counterclockwise rotation that can cause waterspouts.
In other circumstances, thunderstorms with rotation can also spawn waterspouts.
Waterspouts tend to break up quickly when they hit the shoreline, but some are stronger and can cause damage on the coast as the vortex moves inland.
Waterspout just south of Quayside Village. pic.twitter.com/7NqE3Ug2vJ— Midway Fire District (@MidwayFire) September 16, 2014
Waterspout over the sound. pic.twitter.com/NBjYVwLRpa— Jacque Gorris (@JDGorris) September 16, 2014