COCOA BEACH (AP) – A funnel cloud with touched down in Cocoa Beach sent debris flying and a teenager to the hospital.
Brevard County Ocean Rescue Assistant Chief Eisen Witcher says the funnel whirled down onto the sand Sunday afternoon, spinning for about 15 seconds before moving onto the ocean for another 20 seconds.
There were nearly 1,000 beachgoers when the win picked up quickly. Umbrellas, kayaks and pop-up tents were blown off the ground from the wind.
“Everybody hit the ground. Some weren’t so fortunate and got hit by flying debris,” said Witcher.
A 15-year old boy was struck in the head by a flying canopy and taken to Cape Canaveral Hospital. No other injuries were immediately reported.
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