Waterspout forms near Bay Bridge, prompting alarm but no harm
On the heels of Friday’s fierce thunderstorms, nature placed another spectacle before the eyes of the Washington region on Saturday when a waterspout formed in the Chesapeake Bay near the Bay Bridge.
The sinuous gray column formed before noon and headed toward the Eastern Shore, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a tornado warning for parts of the shore.
However, neither a tornado touchdown nor any injury was reported there.
According to a National Weather Service office in Mount Holly, N.J., the spout was just off shore in the Stevensville area at 11:35 a.m., headed southeast at 20 mph. It was not clear if it crossed the Bay Bridge, but from descriptions, it was close.
Photographs show a gray column that sometimes showed a pronounced lean, and sometimes a kink. Its principal consequence appeared to be the awed and amazed reaction it evoked from many witnesses.
“It was cool,” said Shayne Taylor, who got a picture from the balcony of his home in Chester, Md., on Kent Island. The island is on the east side of the Bay Bridge.
Later, as Taylor walked around Kent Island, he said he heard the excited comments of others. “I saw it too,” they said. “I saw it too.”
Someone else posted a few seconds of video. The scene was labeled: “Insane Water spout.”
Witnesses to the atmospheric spectacle included the crowds that flocked to Sandy Point State Park. A photo taken by lifeguard Sarah Hernandez showed a gray line, reminiscent of a kind of umbilical cord, between sea and sky.
It made a show for a crowd at the popular bayfront park that reached its visitor capacity at least once Saturday, requiring entry to be suspended for a time.