'Tornado' spotted off Co Sligo coast


Video footage of  what appears to be an over water tornado has been recorded off the Co Sligo coast.

Images of the apparent tornado were captured by Graeme Salter at Rosses Point at about 3.50pm on Monday afternoon.

The weather phenomena, also known as a seaspout, occurs over a body of water and is connected to a cumuliform cloud formation.

Seaspouts are often associated with active weather fronts and can appear during periods of thunder, lightning or strong winds.

Mr Salter, from the Glen of Aherlow in Co Tipperary, said he spotted the “twister” from a car park overlooking the bay at Rosses Point and that the phenomena continued for a number of minutes.

“I thought it was a massive spray from a speedboat but after a few seconds I realised it was going straight up into the air,” he said.

“I’ve been going to Rosses Point since I was a child and have seen some mad weather, but never anything like this.”

Another seaspout was spotted off the Co Wicklow coast last month.