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Water spouts seen on lake

Michael Schneider

Two water spouts were reported churning up the waters of Lake Tahoe Saturday morning.

The National Weather Service in Reno confirmed the sighting of one spout between 7 and 9 a.m., and members of the U.S. Coast Guard stationed near Tahoe City said they saw two spouts.

A water spout is similar to a tornado but it occurs over water and not land, according to Steve Otteson, specialist with the weather service.

The spouts seen Saturday were about one mile off the East Shore and four miles south of Incline Village, according to the Coast Guard. Coast Guard sources said no boats were seen in the area around the spouts or in their path.

Otteson said spouts do pose a danger to swimmers or boaters who are caught in their path, but the ones reported over the lake were said to be small.

The spouts are usually associated with thunderstorms, as are tornadoes, and are not unheard of in these parts, Otteson said.

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