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Waterspout Tears Through Beach In Brazil

03/18/2015 09:16 am ET | Updated Mar 18, 2015

A relaxing day at the beach turned dark after a waterspout made landfall over Candeias Beach in Brazil earlier this month.

At first, according to Slate, beachgoers watched the waterspout from the beach as it churned over the ocean at a distance. The waterspout then moved quickly onto the beach, blowing debris and palm fronds in the air, according to a local report from Brazilian news site NE10.

"Many waterspouts develop in a similar manner as tornadoes, in which a severe thunderstorm develops over water and produces a funnel that connects between the water and the base of the cloud," meteorologist Chrissy Warrilow told Weather.com.

Although the waterspout is barely visible in the first 30 seconds of the video above, Warrilow says that when the camera pans to the sky, "it is very clear that the waterspout formed from the base of a thunderstorm, and once it crosses onto land, it would be classified as a tornado."

If you find yourself near or in the path of a moving waterspout, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration advises moving at a 90-degree angle in relation to the waterspout's movement. Never move closer to it.

No injuries have been reported, but plenty of cameras caught the scary moment.

Watch below as the waterspout approaches the beach, as seen from a nearby building:

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