National Weather Service Confirms Landspout Tornado in Henderson

Severe thunderstorms moved through West Henderson Wednesday afternoon resulting in a minor tornado touching down in the area.

FOX5 Viewer Sydney Wilcox captured a photo of the landspout at 4:16 PM near Saint Rose Pkwy. And Las Vegas BLVD. The view is looking Southeast over the mountains.

Landspouts are a type of tornado that is formed when the air near the surface is spinning. That spinning air will get sucked up into a developing thunderstorm, making a funnel. Landspouts are generally weaker than the typical tornadoes we generally see in the rest of the country.

The thunderstorm in the area came to an end by 6 PM Wednesday evening, more storm chances remain in the forecast into the weekend.