Waterspout Comes Onshore as Tornado in Tampa

By By Grace Muller, AccuWeather staff writer
March 12, 2013, 9:44:34 AM EDT

A short-lived waterspout moved over northern Hillsborough Bay, about 2 miles south-southeast of Tampa, and dissipated as it approached Harbor Island.

A waterspout developed around 11:12 a.m. in the channel between Harbour Island and Davis Island, between the Westin Hotel on Harbour Island and the Tampa Bay Convention Center. The waterspout moved onshore as a tornado along the northern shore of Harbor Island near the Westin Hotel and proceeded down the channel between the Tampa Bay Times Forum and Harbour Island. The tornado continued through the channelside area before lifting just east of the Florida Aquarium.

The National Weather Service office in Tampa reports that a waterspout came onshore as an EF-0 tornado with winds of 60 mph. They tweeted the photo below before the waterspout moved onshore:

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Here is the preliminary National Weather Service survey of the downtown Tampa tornado:
Rating: EF-0 Estimated peak wind: 75 to 85 mph Path length /statute: 0.85 of a mile Path width /maximum: 100 yards Fatalities: none Injuries: none

Start date: 02-26-13 Start time: 11:12 a.m. EST Start location: 0.10 of a mile south of the Tampa Bay Convection Center

End date: 02-26-13 End time: 11:15 a.m. EST End location: 0.10 of a mile east of the Florida Aquarium


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"This is a window blown into a palm tree."Photo: Brooks Garner, a broadcast meteorologist and science reporter for a TV station in Tampa.

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"Copper roofing was blown 300 yards from Weston Hotel onto Channelside Walkway. Nobody was injured, but this is a huge chunk of material!"Photo: Brooks Garner, a broadcast meteorologist and science reporter for a TV station in Tampa.

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