Check out this waterspout that formed in waters off Egmont Key

A waterspout formed off of Egmont Key and the mouth of Tampa Bay the morning of June 14, 2018, as rain showers moved east from the Gulf. The waterspout was just west of barges being used by Norfolk Dredging in a beach renourishment project in Pinellas County. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
A waterspout formed off of Egmont Key and the mouth of Tampa Bay the morning of June 14, 2018, as rain showers moved east from the Gulf. The waterspout was just west of barges being used by Norfolk Dredging in a beach renourishment project in Pinellas County. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
Published June 14 2018
Updated June 14 2018

ST. PETERSBURG — While the chance for an isolated shower or thunderstorm along the coast will remain just that this week, that doesn’t preclude the possibility a strong cell could form in the morning.

That exact scenario occurred Thursday morning as Times photographer Scott Keeler captured a waterspout as it formed just off Egmont Key in the mouth of Tampa Bay.

Since the waterspout did not move into land, it did not form into a tornado.

It is not unusual for strong morning storms to suddenly form along the coast, according to the National Weather Service:

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