Ripley man captures waterspout from his back porch

A normal morning on the lake for Chuck Hassan, took a twist for the dangerous.

"I happened to glance over her shoulder and start to see the vortex start to form," said Hassan.

That's when he grabbed his phone to capture this video of the waterspout.
He said this summer he's seen about 10 of these lake-twisters from his Ripley, New York property, but this one was different. 

"Most of the time they'll develop and deminish quickly. Well this one we probably followed for at least 30 minutes," said Hassan. 

Experts told us severe weather and the lake can always be a dangerous combination, even for some of the heaviest water crafts.

"We've got both a 25 foot and a 45 foot response boat and we were in the 25 foot and it was choppy for us being out there so if you've got a smaller boat, don't risk going out," said Nicholas Durfey, a Coast Guard Officer.

These storms start as just a dark spot on the water, then develop into what looks like a funnel-shaped cloud touching the shoreline. 

Hassan said sometimes you won't even see them coming. 

"I've had two drop down right behind my boat on a bright sunshiny day right outside of Presque Isle Bay out of the most innocent looking little clouds you've ever seen," said Hassan. 

Fom there they can even spread to the land. Experts said getting out of their path is the safest option. 

"Always have an escape plan. Get back to land as quick as possible. If you see one forming just turn the other way and go as fast as you can," said Durfey. 
 


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