Waterspout Comes Ashore as Quick-Hitting Tornado in Florida

Waterspout Comes Ashore as Quick-Hitting Tornado in Florida

Disaster Alert
February 14, 2021

Source: CBS 10 Tampa Bay

Approximate location (according to media outlets) sustaining structural damage:

Florida

– Boca Ciega Point (St. Petersburg, 33708)
*Property damage reportedly confined to Boca Ciega Point Boulevard North, near Duhme Road.

The National Weather Service found a “narrow swath” of EF-0 tornado damage, with peak winds estimated at 75 mph, in the area of Boca Ciega Point Boulevard.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Morning thunderstorms rocked parts of the Tampa Bay area early on Valentine’s Day, with a tornado damaging several condominiums along the Intracoastal Waterway.

It appeared confined in a gated community on Boca Ciega Point Boulevard N. near Duhme Road, according to a National Weather Service storm report. Meteorologists issued a tornado warning just after 1 a.m. for a storm in this area and much of central Pinellas County. That warning has since expired.

A National Weather Service meteorologist who conducted a survey concluded a strong thunderstorm briefly became a supercell and formed a waterspout. Once it crossed land and moved onshore, it became a tornado and caused “a very narrow swath” of damage along Boca Ciega Point Boulevard N., the NWS said.

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