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Waterspout makes landfall near Myrtle Beach SkyWheel

Waterspout in Myrtle Beach near 2nd Avenue South pier

A waterspout touched town near the 2nd Avenue South pier in Myrtle Beach on Monday, July 23, 2018.
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A waterspout touched town near the 2nd Avenue South pier in Myrtle Beach on Monday, July 23, 2018.

A waterspout made landfall near the 2nd Avenue South pier in Myrtle Beach on Monday afternoon, causing lifeguards to blow their whistles and call swimmers out of the water.

Myrtle Beach Fire Chief Brian Mitchell confirmed that the waterspout made landfall between 9th and 10th Ave North, near the Skywheel in downtown Myrtle Beach.

The National Weather Service out of Wilmington released a report also confirming the waterspout made landfall, upon which it was classified as an EF-0 tornado with winds under 65 miles per hour. The funnel made it less than 100-yards inland before dissipating, according to the weather service.

No damage was reported.

“However beach chairs and umbrellas were tossed into the air,” the report said.

Adam Wiseman took a video from a Sandy Beach hotel balcony and said the waterspout looked like it came close to making landfall. He said he watched it over the water for close to 10 minutes before disappearing from his view and possibly touching the shoreline.

“I was tracking its path to see how close it got to shore,” he said. “It was probably about 100-150 yards away from me.”

Video of the waterspout on social media shows it pulling debris up from the beach as it made landfall near the Skywheel. The Myrtle Beach Fire Department said they did not have any reported damage from the spout.

Hannah Strong: 843-444-1765, @HannahLStrong

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