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Tornado landed in Rhode Island Tuesday during the storm



A tornado landed during Tuesday's storm in Lincoln, Rhode Island, has been confirmed by the National Weather Service.

The National Meteorological Service made the decision based on the damage reported in the area, including fallen trees.

The storm of Tuesday brought numerous showers and hail to New England.

Survey crews will be in the region on Wednesday to determine more details.

In addition, the National Meteorological Service will investigate in North Providence, Rhode Island.

Further north in Massachusetts, residents reported a strong rotation in the waters of Cape Cod Bay. After investigating photos and videos of the rotation, National Weather Service officials say it's probably a waterspout.

"A gargoyle is a swirling column of air and water mist," says the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on the weather phenomenon. Waterspouts fall into two categories: fair-weather waterspouts and tornadic waterspouts

The latter are tornadoes that form over water or migrate from land to sea. They have the same characteristics as a land tornado and are often strong winds, big hail and frequent lightning.

Fair weather gargoyles are generally not associated with thunderstorms that form in light wind conditions, so they move little. "While tornadic gargoyles develop during a thunderstorm, a fair-weather spinner develops on the surface of the water and works its way up," says the NOAA. "At the time when the funnel is visible, a fair-weather gargoyle is almost mature."

A tornado alert is issued by the local National Weather Service bureau when a water flush moves ashore.


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