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Waterspout spotted south of Cape Scott, Vancouver Island

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 4:49 PM -

Authorities have issued a gale warning as winds up to 87 kph move through the west coast of Vancouver Island.

File photo courtesy: Jef Nickerson

File photo courtesy: Jef Nickerson

A waterspout watch is also in effect after a spout was reported 11 km south of Cape Scott.

Waterspouts are considered to be weak tornadoes over water and they're normally seen in the early fall.

"As the cooler air to the north passes over the warm lakes, it provides the perfect environment for waterspouts to kick up," explains Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

Although most waterspouts tend to stay over water, they do have the potential to come onshore. As a result, it's best to keep a safe distance if you see one occur.

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