Boy Injured When Funnel Cloud Touches Down

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

COCOA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A 15-year-old is being treated for a head injury after a funnel cloud touched down on Cocoa Beach.

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.

He told Florida Today (http://on.flatoday.com/16UVSmk ) 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.

Witcher says, "Everybody hit the ground. Some weren't so fortunate and got hit by flying debris."

The boy was struck in the head by a flying canopy and transported by ambulance to Cape Canaveral Hospital. No other injuries were immediately reported.


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