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Waterspout hits St. Pete marina, damaging boats


Published:   |   Updated: August 30, 2013 at 05:02 PM

ST. PETERSBURG — Winds from a waterspout caused damage to boats and docks at South St. Petersburg’s Maximo Marina this afternoon.

The waterspout was spotted at 12:04 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

As the storm moved through, winds picked up speed and hit 80 or 90 mph, said Joe Burgess, the dock master at the marina, located at 4801 37th St. S. — a little north of the Sunshine Skyway

Winds toppled several metal shelters, which collapsed on top of at least four boats and docks were also damaged.

The damage was limited to one section of the marina, but extensive at the five or six slips affected, Burgess said. A few boats have 1,000 pounds of steel sheets and beams on them, he said.

“It’s pretty bad on one end of the dock,” Burgess said.

“Everything collapsed on top of the other boats.”

No injuries were reported.

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