At Starlight Limo on Pawtucket Avenue in East Providence, Anthony St. Angelo says the wind was howling around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Then he heard a screeching noise, ran outside and saw his carport being torn to pieces.
"It wasn't moving very fast at all. It was pretty slow. It took about a minute and a half to go right through the shed and out in to the parking lot," St. Angelo said.
He says he thought it was a waterspout.
"I was surprised. I was amazed. I was scared. And all I could think about was grabbing my cellphone and getting a picture. I'll tell you, I wished I'd never see it again," St. Angelo said.
NBC 10 forwarded the picture to Glenn Field, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Taunton who investigates tornadoes. He doesn't believe what St. Angelo captured was a tornado, because it was too small. Field said it was most likely some sort of optical effect created in the smartphone.