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Western Waterspout – 1788

Waterspout off the Florida Keys Image ID; wea00308 Historic NWS Collection Dr. Joseph Golden, NOAA Wikimedia Commons

Waterspout off the Florida Keys
Image ID; wea00308 Historic NWS Collection
Dr. Joseph Golden, NOAA
Wikimedia Commons

Western Waterspout
The Times 
London, 
May 20, 1788

On the 6th inst. between two and three in the afternoon, a water-spout of considerable diameter made its appearance between Adare and Barnakill-bridge in the county of Limerick in Ireland. This phenomenon, which is rather uncommon in Ireland, is described to have been of a spiral storm, exhibiting a very dazzling brightness, and attended with a ???? somewhat resembling the clash of arms. It is added that the beasts of the field appeared terrified, and that several crows, as if suddenly killed, dropped to the earth. At the same hour a very heavy rain (accompanied with loud thunder and unusually vivid flashes of lightning) fell in the city and liberties of Limerick, but did not extend beyond them. We have not heard whether the bursting of the water-spout occasioned any particular injury to the part where it fell. 

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