TAMPA, Florida (WFLA) – A waterspout that briefly made it to land as a tornado damaged a home in Oldsmar, Florida Monday.
A Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said the tornado damaged shingles to the home, snapped branches from trees, blew over a mailbox and snapped a guy wire, causing a transformer to blow out.
Deputies said the resident of the damaged home left as she saw the tornado approach and wasn’t injured.
Dozens of people spotted the waterspout near Oldsmar Monday around 6:36 pm.
“My brother-in-law mentioned to me just a little spin in the clouds,” said Daniel Whitney, who was going to play tennis with his family. “We saw this big spout coming up from the water connect basically to the funnel cloud that was coming down.”
Whitney grabbed his iPhone and started rolling.
“It was like a really big rain storm…and you could hear it all washing around,” he said. “You could just see it getting stronger and stronger.”
Westchase resident Christopher Kruse had just turned off McMullen Booth Rd. on to 580 when he realized why the storm was pelting his truck.
“It was right there. It was probably about a couple thousand feet out and it was sitting there kind of just idling,” he said. “It was almost like a very eerie feeling. This is not something, obviously, you see every day.”