SMITH ISLAND, Md. — Residents of the small community of Rhodes Point on Smith Island, Maryland, are recovering after a waterspout came ashore during Thursday’s severe weather.
Video and photos of the waterspout were shared on social media. In a video shot by Amy Somers, the waterspout is seen moving across the water before moving onto land and appearing to take the roof off of a building. The National Weather Service still needs to conduct a survey to confirm whether a tornado struck the area, but posts on social media from people in the area showed some of the damage left behind.
Videos show the tornado rapidly swirling over the Chesapeake Bay toward Smith Island.
Residents Katherine Donaway and Tiffanie Woutila, who took the videos, can be heard repeatedly shouting “Oh no!” as they watch the violent scene unfold in front of them. As the waterspout reached the island, debris can be seen flying up into the air as it made contact with a building.
Houses were pulverized and debris littered front lawns after the waterspout passed through the unassuming island.