The terrifying moment a waterspout swept along a beach, knocking full-grown men flat and lifting beach umbrellas and even a small child into the air, has been captured on video and it is quite a scene.
Several beachgoers used their phones to film the moment the waterspout, which is a tornado over water, swept the beach in the city of Recife, in the eastern Brazilian state of Pernambuco.
As it made its way up the beach, the tornado sent umbrellas flying and people running for their lives, before dying out just as suddenly as it had arrived. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Videos captured by several people on their mobile phones show the moment the waterspout, which is effectively a tornado over water, hit the beach in the city of Recife, in the eastern Brazilian state of Pernambuco.
2. Local police said that although they had several reports and an ambulance had been at the scene, no one had been seriously injured.
Salviano Alaniz, 36, who was on the beach with his wife, described the experience:
I spotted something out to sea which seem to be a dark area and then I realized it was a waterspout moving towards the shore.
I didn’t realize how strong it was and nobody else seemed to be worried until it suddenly hit the beach — and started knocking people flat.
Those who didn’t fall over ran away as fast as they could, and I saw seven bits of furniture swept up into the air including a child that was lifted a short way before being thrown out of the waterspout and across the sand.
3. The shocking moment a waterspout hits a beach, sending people running for their lives.
Meteorologist Edvania Santos said that they were currently analyzing the images posted online to try and figure out how the extremely rare phenomenon had occurred. She said:
There are some unusual weather patterns happening at the moment which will probably be to blame, and from the videos it looks like a classic waterspout — but we will need to study the footage more carefully before producing a report.
The police said that they received several reports and an ambulance had been dispatched to the scene. However, no one, including the child who had been lifted up into the air, had been seriously injured. A few people had suffered minor cuts and bruises.
4. The waterspout went up the beach, tearing up sun umbrellas and even sucking up and spitting out a small child — who was unharmed — before dying out almost as suddenly as it had arrived.
5. Local meteorologist Edvania Santos said that they were analyzing the images posted online to try and figure out how the rare phenomenon had occurred.
6. This picture shows the waterspout just seconds before it hit the beach.
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