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Watch: Enormous waterspout filmed barrelling towards port city in Italy

An enormous water spout has been captured on camera barrelling towards the port city of Salerno on Italy's south west coast.

The swirling vortex of water and air formed mid-afternoon yesterday local time.

It was so powerful some reports say it lifted shipping containers.

Although they look impressive, waterspouts collapse soon after moving on shore.

In this instance no one was injured before the spout died away.

The swirling vortex of water and air formed mid-afternoon yesterday. Source: 1 NEWS