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Tornado tosses boat from cove onto lawn in North Palm Beach

Several boats seriously damaged in places many thought protected them from storms
Posted at 5:19 PM, Apr 30, 2023
and last updated 2023-04-30 21:22:30-04

NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. — The day after a tornado ripped through a cove on Monet Road, work crews took a look at the damage to some of the yachts in the wake of Saturday's sudden storm.

"It's tragic when you have no warning and everything just gets taken this fast," said Nick Linder, who captained a yacht in the cove that had its roof torn off by the tornado north of Sanctuary Cove homes.
That yacht sits in front of another boat, now lying upside down in someone's yard after winds yanked it out of the cove.

Chopper 5 view of boat overturned on land day after tornado in North Palm Beach, April 30, 2023
A bird's-eye view from Chopper 5 shows a boat overturned on the ground next to a dock off Ellison Wilson Road the day after a tornado tore through the area, April 30, 2023, in North Palm Beach, Fla.

"Decimated," Linder said. "Never seen anything like it."

Linder doesn't believe either boat will ever sail again.  

Other yachts had less damage.  

Their owners took a look to see what repairs need to be made.  

Porch fences on homes that surround the cove were bent out of shape and need repair.  

Nick Linder said his home also has its share of damage.

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"Once I started hearing the winds pick up, my ears popped," Linder said about the tornado as it approached. "Something came and hit my glass and exploded the windows of my house."

Linder lives just a half mile away from the cove, right along the tornado's path.  

As devastating as the cove looks, Linder said it could have been worse.  

"There's no casualties that I know of," Linder said. "That's the most important part."