ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. -- A funnel cloud hovered for a brief time over the Atlantic Ocean near Atlantic Beach Wednesday afternoon. The rare weather phenomenon could be seen for miles inland before it turned into a waterspout then dissipated into the dark sky.
The funnel cloud was part of a strong storm system that hit the First Coast just after lunch time. The funnel cloud into a waterspout when it touched down between Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach.
No one appeared to be scared - but severe weather frightened some in Mandarin where lightning caused a home on Bent Tree Lane to catch fire. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the roof line with minimal damage.
In St. Augustine a large tree fell on an unoccupied car on Old Mission Avenue - no word yet on the damage - but officials say it was weather related.
Prangley said the First Coast could see an increase in waterspouts and funnel clouds in the coming months due to the water temperatures rising above 80 degrees.
There were no reports of damage due to Wednesday's funnel cloud. Many viewers sent us photos and videos of the rare event.
Raw video of the funnel cloud that could be seen over Jacksonville Beach, Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach Wednesday afternoon. Viewers: Don Sears, Dorothy Laosa, Bryson Sebold