Truck hit by tornadic waterspout

By Reed Black, Land Line Now staff reporter | 10/12/2015

A trucker who was crossing the Sunshine Skyway Bridge across Tampa Bay on Saturday, Oct. 10, suddenly had a white-knuckle experience. According to Bay News 9, the U.S. Postal Service truck driven by Randall Leaver was hit by a tornadic waterspout.

Waterspouts are tornadoes that are formed or move over water. Meteorologists say normal waterspouts generate winds of only about 50 miles per hour, but tornadic waterspouts can reach 150 miles an hour.

It knocked the tractor-trailer on its side and then lifted it back onto its wheels, scattering mail across the highway in the process. News sources say it ripped the mail truck “to pieces, right there in the road.”

Leaver says, “I thought I was in hell.”

He escaped with bumps and bruises.

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