Huge waterspout makes landfall at Malaysian resort. Watch
Eyewitnesses on the island captured the dramatic spinning waterspout.Updated: Apr 03, 2019 20:04 IST
A huge waterspout made landfall at a Malaysian seaside resort, causing damage to a number of buildings in the area, according to the New Straits Times. No injuries were reported.
Several videos of the waterspout on Monday afternoon went viral on social media sites. The high-definition videos capture the rare natural phenomenon.
“The residents in Penang thought it’s a tornado. No, it’s not! It’s a waterspout! ...Rather scary!” a Twitter user said sharing a picture of the towering waterspout.
The residents in Penang thought it's a tornado. No, it's not! It's a waterspout! This phenomenon occured today. Rather scary! pic.twitter.com/q9jI90sZCt— Lim Phaik Suat (@monkeyvirgo) April 1, 2019
Eyewitnesses on the island captured the dramatic spinning waterspout at sea as it moved slowly towards an area just north of Tanjung Tokong Beach and made the landfall.
Here’s what several others posted:
Penang today. Waterspout pic.twitter.com/fmvtqN7JGD— Syafiq KP (@syafiqkp) April 1, 2019
INCREDIBLE WATERSPOUT:— Tyler Sebree (@TylerABC57) April 1, 2019
This is just a stunning time lapse of a strong, well-defined waterspout on April 1st in Penang, Malaysia. The circulation appears to make it on-shore. 🌪🌪🌪
📹: mjamil_tz/IG pic.twitter.com/BnrZmFiunm
The spout was seen spinning near Tanjung Tokong’s shores for about five minutes before it briefly arrived on land, Channel News Asia reported.
Waterspouts are similar to tornadoes, but form over water when cool and unstable air passes over warmer waters and turns into a spinning column of water. They tend to collapse once they move across solid ground.