WATCH: Terrifying moment a waterspout slings people into the air as it rips through a packed beach

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World Weather: Amateur footage captures the moment the waterspout hit the beach

Brazil is 1,000’s of miles away from the Wirral on Merseyside and is famous for its hot sunny beaches, so the last thing you would expect is a pitch black sky and a spinning column of air that looks like a tornado heading towards you.

But thats what happened on 1st March this year.

What looks like a tornado smashes into a beach in Penambuco, Brazil, and started throwing beach umbrellas and people into the air.

Watch the dramatic video below:

Local Vanessa Quechua said, ‘It picked up chairs, umbrellas and even a small child was thrown by the strong wind. Many people came running and screaming for help.’

The waterspout was described as a ‘tornado at sea’, by locals.

Waterspouts are intense columnar spinning vortex of air (usually appearing as a funnel-shaped cloud) that occurs over a body of water.

In the common form, it is a non-supercell much weaker version of a tornado but over water.

Not something we should expect on New Brighton beach..

Check out this other angle showing the size of the waterspout:

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