Stunning Waterspout Images from Louisiana

Severe weather affected Louisiana on Wednesday, with a damaging tornado in Grand Isle, and simultaneous occurrences of multiple waterspouts over the nearshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The waterspouts — technically tornadoes over water — were caught on camera by a National Weather Service employee and many others. For background info on waterspouts, check out this video from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Twin waterspouts seen off the coast of Grand Isle, La., on May 9. Click on image for a larger version. Credit: Capt. Danny Wray, via NWS/Facebook.

Four waterspouts seen at once off the La. coast on May 9. Credit: WRAL Mike Maze via Facebook.

Interestingly, according to Climate Central's Tornado Tracker (below), which shows tornado reports across the U.S., the Louisiana twisters were the only tornadoes reported in the U.S. on May 9th. (Note that you'll have to set the date to May 9, 2012 in order to display the data.)