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Waterspouts spotted along South Florida beaches, including Boca Raton

Another waterspout in Hollywood topples beachgoer
Waterspout at Ocean Towers condominiums in Boca Raton
Posted at 1:25 PM, Apr 21, 2023

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A waterspout flipped chairs and umbrellas along a Boca Raton beach Friday morning, just moments after coming ashore.

WPTV First Alert Weather chief meteorologist Steve Weagle shared cellphone video from Tracy Chichester of a waterspout coming ashore shortly after 9:30 a.m. near the Ocean Towers condominiums.

The National Weather Service in Miami later confirmed that the waterspout was, in fact, a tornado.

"Thankfully, around that time, it had pretty much cleared out," Chichester said.

It was the first of at least two waterspouts spotted at South Florida beaches Friday.

Another waterspout briefly moved onshore in Hollywood, knocking a beachgoer to the ground.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Broward County. The warning has since expired.