The U.S. Coast Guard Shinnecock Station has received multiple reports of a waterspout heading east on Great Peconic Bay on Friday afternoon.
An official with the Coast Guard could not confirm whether a waterspout, a non-supercell tornado, had formed because no one from the station was able to spot it, but three calls were taken from the Southampton Town Bay Constables about it.
A special marine weather warning was issued by the National Weather Service in Upton shortly after 2 p.m., noting that a thunderstorm over Great Peconic Bay could create waterspouts. The warning, which expired at 2:30 p.m., stated that the storm was projected to move east toward Shelter Island.
The release noted that mariners can expect strong winds, high waves, rain and lightning, and advised boaters to seek safe harbor.