UPDATE: Oldsmar waterspout officially a tornado

9:18 AM, Jul 9, 2013   |    comments
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Safety Harbor, Florida - 10 News spotted a waterspout on our tower cams that officially turned into a tornado shortly after 6:30 p.m. Monday near the Courtney Campbell bridge. 

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It formed off of seabreeze collisions and outflow boundaries from other storms. The collision of the storms caused the rotation seen here.  

PHOTOS: Waterspout/possible tornado forms near Safety Harbor

The difference between a waterspout and a tornado is that a waterspout stays over water, but once it makes landfall, it is classified as a tornado. 

Preliminary reports from the National Weather Service in Ruskin said that on radar, it looked like it came ashore, but because the vortex was tilted at the base, 10 News wanted to be sure that it didn't lift before coming ashore before we classified the spout as a tornado. 

RAW VIDEO: Waterspout forms, rotates near Courtney Campbell

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has since said deputies saw the waterspout as it came ashore off the 400 block of Shore Drive in Oldsmar. It reportedly damaged shingles on a home, and knocked down branches, a tree, and a mailbox. Deputies said it also snapped a guide wire between two homes and blew out a transformer.

No injuries were reported.

10 News will continue to update you as additional detail become available.

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