ST. PETERSBURG, Florida -- A suspected small waterspout is to blame for thousands of dollars in damage to boats and infrastructure at South St. Pete's Maximo Marina.
Live-aboard residents say the rough weather struck just before noon Friday.
James Vancil was among those home on the water when the protective awning above his boat came crashing down.
"It was extreme thunder and lightning and the wind, I'm sure must have been something like one of these waterspout things," said Vancil.
Ron Coy posted a picture to Facebook showing what appears to be the funnel cloud in the distance. The severe weather knocked out power and sent debris falling onto numerous boats throughout the marina causing thousands of dollars in damage.
"It just came right through and took off the roofs and did this kind of damage," said Margrette Covello who works at the marina's seafood bar and restaurant. Customers there reported seeing the same thing.
"I went to the window and was looking out and the rain was going sideways," said Fred Winkler. Literally the rain was going sideways! It was wild."
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