Gusting winds hit coastal Delaware on Friday, with video showing dozens of beach umbrellas getting blown off the sand and swirling through the air.

Beachgoer Shane Mannix captured video at Bethany Beach as rain and winds swept the coast. 

Visitors can be seen fleeing the beach as the gusting winds lift umbrellas out of the ground and into the ocean. One social media user described the scene as “downright apocalyptic-looking.”

According to witnesses, the severe weather appeared to pop up out of nowhere. 

Bethany Beach is a small coastal town in Sussex County. With a population of around just over 1,000, the summer months bring in some 15,000 visitors to its shores.

The severe weather came a day after witnesses captured footage of a waterspout slamming into Smith Island off the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.

That video, taken by Amy and Daniel Somers, shows debris flying in the air as the waterspout approached land.

Bethany Beach is a small coastal town in Delaware's Sussex County.
Bethany Beach is a small coastal town in Delaware’s Sussex County.

Significant damage to structures and properties has been reported on Smith Island, but there was no immediate word on any injuries to residents of the small island.

Fox News’ Andrea Vacchiano contributed to this report.


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