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Aftermath of EF2 tornado's damaging winds in North Palm Beach

'The boat tipped over sideways, I thought it was gonna go all the way over,' Beth Morgan says
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Posted at 5:51 PM, May 02, 2023
and last updated 2023-05-02 21:04:53-04

NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. — Less than 30 seconds of video captured a tornado unleashing fury on the backyard of a Harbour Isles residence in North Palm Beach.

"It's just kind of surreal," Beth Morgan said. "My gosh, I can't believe this is happening. Is that my boat going down the canal?"

A ring camera captured the EF2 tornado and the power behind it.

"The pool water was literally spinning in a circle coming off and then everything started happening out here," Morgan said. "The boat tipped over sideways, literally rolled. I thought it was gonna go all the way over."

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Harbour Isles resident Beth Morgan describes how the tornado's winds tossed around her and husband's 130,000 pound boat.

She and her husband's 64-foot Hatteras, weighing more than 130,000 pounds, was tossed like a raft down the canal outside their home.

"That gives you an idea of how strong the winds were," she said.

And it didn't stop there.

"We had a concrete pilling, literally on our dock snap in half, the boat drug that with it," Morgan said.

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Debris from their backyard flew hundreds of feet in the air, leaving a scattered mess.

Preston Searls let WPTV on board his boat for a closer look from the water farther up the Intracoastal Waterway at Prosperity Harbour.

"It looks like it happened very quick," Searls said. "It takes a lot to get a boat up like that."

Boats pancaked together and some stacked high in trees still remain in place from the moment 130 mph winds raged.

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Preston Searls shows WPTV a perspective of the tornado damage on the water from his boat along the intracoastal at Prosperity Harbour.

More signs of its path are on the Intracoastal, near the PGA Boulevard bridge. Trees snapped across large areas and homes were blasted by the wind force.

The tornado left an unforgettable mark across the area, and in the process, brought so many closer together.

"It's incredible how many people care about each other and provide that love and support when everybody needs it the most," Morgan said.