At least five waterspouts formed off the coast of North Carolina on Thursday, with one of the twisters reaching the beach and turning into a tornado that damaged a wooden deck and tossed barrels in the air, according to reports from WSOC-9 and NBC-17.
According to WECT-6, no injuries were reported.
The National Weather Service describes that there are two types of waterspouts: tornadic waterspouts and fair weather waterspouts. Tornadic waterspouts are essentially torandoes over water, tend to form during thunderstorms and can move from water to land. Fair weather waterspouts, which are less dangerous, develop in calm weather and move very little.