Nature can sometimes be nature’s worst enemy and this massive waterspout at the Malaysian seaside resort is a terrifying reminder. Eyewitness on Monday afternoon captured a terrifying massive waterspout whirling ashore on Penang Island, Malaysia just north of Tanjung Tokong Beach. Channel News Asia reports that 50 buildings were severely damaged as a result of this powerful waterspout.
Waterspouts of this size are often the product of supercell or rotating thunderstorms, distinguishing them as true tornadoes over water and can prove to be massively destructive.
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Washington Post has however reported that the spout in Malaysia is ‘unique’ given the fact that this waterspout spun clockwise — opposite to the orientation of more than 98 percent of supercellular tornadoes in the northern hemisphere.
Several videos of the waterspout taken by the terrifying onlookers were shared on social media calling the natural phenomenon, ‘rather scary’. While no were immediate reports of injuries have been reported, The Guardian reports that the waterspout caused minor damage and blew off the roofs of some buildings.
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