Stunning scene: This dramatic picture shows beautiful waterspouts forming in the skies
They don't pack the punch of their close relation the tornado, but these meteorological events are still stunning to watch

The skies over Shoreham have been in the news recently for tragic reasons.

But this dramatic video shows beautiful waterspouts forming in the skies above the English Channel of the coast of the West Sussex town.

Two of the funnels formed and remained in the cloudy sky for some time, showing the cloud reaching down towards the earth.

The meteorological oddity is a type of tornado that forms over bodies of water, stretching from cloud to water.

They are columns of water that rotate, like a tornado; but, waterspouts are often a lot weaker than the tornadoes you would find on land.

They most commonly form in tropical and subtropical areas, but also have been known to occur in Europe.