BRITS on holiday in Cyprus were left stunned after spotting a huge water spout in the water – sending sunbeds flying.

The spout was spotted at the holiday resort of Ayia Napa, popular with UK holidaymakers.


Some tourists even thought it was a tornado, with a video showing the huge spout tearing across the beach.

In another video, the spout in the water landed on the sand and threw some of the beach furniture around.

Tourist Marc who caught it on camera wrote: "Not exactly what we had planned for our first day in Cyprus! Almost had to run for cover."

Someone who lived in Cyprus commented: "I’m from Cyprus and this must be the first time this has happened it’s normally warm this time of year very shocked to see this."

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According to local media, no one was injured and only minimal damage was done to the area.

A waterspout is not as dangerous as a tornado, and often cause a lot less damage.

Tornadic waterspouts are tornadoes over water instead of land, forming when winds blowing in different directions meet and have nowhere to go but up.

They are associated with severe thunderstorms and are often accompanied by high winds and seas, large hail, and frequent lightning, according to the National Ocean Service.

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Fair weather waterspouts on the other hand usually form along the dark base of developing cumulus, or individual fluffy, clouds and are not generally associated with storms.

Despite the name, waterspouts are not actually filled with water, but instead made up of wind and mist.

They can reach up to 330ft (100 metres) in diameter and can last for up to an hour, according to experts at National Geographic.

In 2018, tourists were left stunned by a rare quadruple waterspout while on holiday in Thailand.

Locals and holidaymakers gathered on the beach in Koh Lipe, southern Thailand during the rare incident.

Four large cyclones could then be seen twisting down from the sky and swirling into into the ocean, with the rare weather phenomenon stunning holidaymakers in the area.

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The video was captured by Kim Puyu who worked on the island, Kim said: "I've never seen anything like this before. I've not even seen one waterspout, so it was amazing to see four of them together.

And last year, footage caught a very sinister-looking waterspout over Cuba.


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