IT’S not something you see every day so it’s no surprise this water spout turned heads in Coffs Harbour this week.

Captured by local photographer Steve Young, the magnificent-looking spouts formed during storm activity at sea on Wednesday.

“I was sitting at the quarry at the Jetty looking out of the harbour mouth and noticed a small point forming,” Mr Young said. “I thought it was pretty interesting so I got the camera out and watched for about a quarter of an hour as the two spouts formed.

“It was pretty spectacular. I haven’t personally seen one before but I have heard about them in the area.”

Coffs Harbour Bureau of Meteorology duty observer Roger Brown said water spouts were uncommon here but not rare.

“They usually form in a thunderstorm,” Mr Brown said. “It is a type of tornado, although they are usually much less potent than the ones we see in the mid-west of the US. We probably see a couple every year – when they’re forming you often see a couple at a time.”

Meanwhile, pelting rain and cold winds yesterday painted a fairly glum outlook for the weekend on the Coffs Coast – but don’t give up hope just yet.

While wild and woolly weather is predicted on other parts of the Mid North Coast the bureau suggests we might miss the worst of it.

“It looks like Friday will be the finish of the strong gusty winds,” Mr Brown said. “At this stage, Saturday looks like it’s going to be the wettest. It will be a bit fresh over the weekend but it’s not strong wind warning stuff – nothing too out of the ordinary.”

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