GALVESTON, Texas – Some beachgoers in Texas had their fun in the sun upended when a waterspout came ashore last week.
Mario Halkyer said in a Facebook post he spotted the cyclone off the shore of Galveston last Thursday near the beachfront city’s iconic Seawall Boulevard and 15th Street.
Halkyer’s video showed the swirling about 100 yards from shore. From there, it rapidly headed for the beach. Some people playing in the water can be seen scrambling, presumably to get away from the whirlwind.
The tiny twister knocked down a child before it tore through a group’s beach setup, tossing a wagon and blankets into the air.
It quickly dissipated as it moved onto Seawall Boulevard and crossed the busy road.
No serious injuries were reported.
Waterspouts are not uncommon in the Galveston area. However, they do not often make it to land.
According to the National Weather Service, waterspouts can be dangerous. The agency recommends moving away from the whirlwind at a 90-degree angle of its apparent motion.
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