VIDEO: Possible landspout seen over northeast Austin


AUSTIN (KXAN) — Video sent to KXAN Monday evening shows what appears to be a landspout tornado accompanying strong thunderstorms.

“Oh my goodness, look, a tornado!” a shocked Kerri Yusuf says in the video as she drove north on Dessau Road, approaching Parmer Lane, around 5:30 p.m. in northeast Austin. “Where should I be heading?” 

KXAN’s Jim Spencer says the funnel appears to be a type of weak tornado known as a landspout, or a rope-like condensation funnel that develops while the thunderstorm is still growing and there is no rotating updraft. The spinning motion originates near the ground, according to the National Weather Service. 

Another type of tornado look-alike is a gustnado — a whirlwind near the ground that forms along the gust front of a storm. 

There have been no reports of damage. 

No tornado warning or watch was issued in the Austin area Monday evening, but two severe thunderstorm warnings were issued — one in Williamson County, the other over Lago Vista and Lakeway.

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