Waterspout spotted on the James River near Williamsburg

JAMES RIVER (WAVY) — Several viewers sent in video and images of a waterspout that appeared over the James River Friday evening just before 6 p.m.

Riders aboard the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry say they were on their way to Surry from Williamsburg when they spotted the huge waterspout.

At the time, there were showers moving through the Hampton Roads region.

Photo courtesy: Nathan Bradley
Photo courtesy: Nathan Bradley

According to 8News Meteorologist Katie Dupree, while waterspouts may look intimidating and similar to a tornado, they are not really all that dangerous.

According to Katie, they don’t require nearly as much wind speed to form as a tornado and, as a result, are considerably less destructive. Katie said they most often dissipate once they make landfall.

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