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Waterspout Video: Perhaps It Was Time to Ditch Camera

Waterspouts may be beautiful and ethereal when they're situated safely over open water (as long as they're not capsizing boats), but they can become downright deadly when they move ashore as land-based tornadoes.

In Grand Isle, La., last week, a large waterspout headed directly at this hapless videographer, who realized too late that the twister was coming right at him. His failure to take shelter is not something to be emulated, even though the video is impressive. This tornado was officially rated an EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, with maximum winds of 110 miles per hour. And a small warning on the mildly offensive language in the video.

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