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 Waterspouts
Waterspouts
  1. A waterspout is a tornado like whirlwind occurring over water that can move inland near the body of water where it occurs. The whirling wind and water in a waterspout can reach high speeds and cause severe damage. University facilities and vessels at or near the ocean are subject to damage from waterspouts.
  2. Warning
    1. Since waterspouts cannot be predicted, warnings can only occur after a waterspout is sighted.
    2. Once sighted, Coast Guard, State and County Civil Defense Agencies should be notified. These agencies will take the necessary actions to provide warnings and keep the public informed via radio and TV.
  3. Required Actions
    1. Affected University facilities and vessels should take the necessary actions to plan for and prepare emergency procedures for waterspouts.
    2. Report waterspout sightings and/or damage to the Coast Guard, State and County Civil Defense Agencies.
    3. If a waterspout is reported in your area, take the necessary actions to close windows, doors, portholes and hatches. Remove or secure loose equipment and material at exterior and outside areas.
    4. Remain inside vessels at sea or take shelter in the best available building on shore. Evacuation may be necessary depending on the severity of the waterspout and the availability of shelters on site. Take the same precautions within buildings as with hurricanes and high winds.