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A landspout tornado was spotted on Saturday afternoon in the Menifee area, prompting several witnesses to post photos and videos of the phenomenon on social media.

A landspout tornado formed in the Menifee area on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. (Credit: Alexis Morales-Nicholson)
A landspout tornado formed in the Menifee area on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. (Credit: Alexis Morales-Nicholson)

The tornado was reported to the National Weather Service at 2:45 p.m. It formed after sea breezes pushed around the Santa Ana Mountains, from the northwest and southeast, and met in a “convergence zone” in Riverside County, the agency said.

“As these winds intersect, horizontal sheer develops, along with a rapid rising motion,” the Weather Service explained in a Facebook post. “Landspout tornadoes can often form this way.”

According to the weather service, the “usually weak” phenomena rarely causes much damage.

KTLA viewer Alexis Morales- Nicholson, who captured the incident on video, said it occurred near Domenigoni Parkway (map).

There were no reports of injuries or damage.