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National Weather Service investigating weak tornado at Fort Myers Beach

NWS investigating weak tornado at Fort Myers Beach
Posted at 2:45 PM, Mar 12, 2022

The National Weather Service is looking into a waterspout that briefly moved onshore as a weak tornado at Fort Myers Beach Saturday.

Reports show it happened at 12:09 p.m. The NWS said this was an EF-0 with peak winds around 65 mph.

Many beach-goers posted the incident to social media showing people running as debris swirled around them.

Minor damage was reported to the Lani Kai Beach Resort.

Fox 4 sent the National Weather Service a video showing a waterspout off of Captiva Island heading east. The agency said this could have been a second waterspout in the area. Thankfully, the boater who sent the video in wasn't injured, but some of the windows on their houseboat did break.

This is a developing story and it will be updated as the NWS in Tampa provides more details.