- A huge “tornadic” waterspout suddenly appeared less than a kilometer away from the Bacolod Real Estate and Development Corporation (BREDCO) wharf on Wednesday
- The rare occurrence can be seen even by those who live in the outskirts of the city and far away from the BREDCO wharf
- For those who were at the wharf when it appeared, they saw and felt the waterspout’s fury
- It lasted for several minutes and destroyed several fishpens that happened to be on its path
A huge waterspout, later on determined as “tornadic,” suddenly appeared near the Bacolod Real Estate and Development Corporation (BREDCO) wharf on Wednesday afternoon, scaring the wits of those who were near the location when it happened.
Hundreds of witnesses saw and felt firsthand the fury of the waterspout, which managed to destroy several fishpens that were on its path.
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According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), waterspouts, while a natural occurrence, is very rare in the Philippines.
The weather agency said that the one that appeared near the BREDCO wharf seemed to be a tornadic waterspout, which might have accompanied the severe thunderstorm over Bacolod City at the time.
Though most people at the scene might have already seen waterspouts videos on YouTube and other online platforms, this is the first time that they have seen the real thing in person.
People at the BREDCO wharf marveled at how the waterspout seemed to connect the sea with the sky, with water clearly seen going up to the clouds.
A huge wall of water approximately 30 to 40 feet high surrounds the point where the waterspout touches the sea.
Many took out their cellphones to capture footage of the rare occurrence on their mobile phone cameras.
These footages later found their way to social media, with many of them going viral after a few hours online.
“Tornadic waterspouts,” also referred to sometimes as “tornadoes over water,” are formed from mesocyclones in a manner essentially identical to land-based tornadoes in connection with severe thunderstorms, but simply occurring over water. A tornado which travels from land to a body of water could also be considered as a tornadic waterspout. According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), tornadic waterspouts or even fair-weather waterspouts, while natural occurences, are very rare in the Philippines.
More than a year ago, a post about a tornado hitting Cotabato went viral. The photos showed the aftermath of the disaster that struck Dungo-an. However, it has been reported that the claim was false
Several months ago, however, a real and rare occurrence of the formation of multiple waterspouts or “ipo-ipo” did happen over the waters of Laguna de Bay. Witnesses saw at least four waterspouts hovering near Laguna Lake. Many of those present when it happened took out their cellphone cameras and started filming and shooting away. Waterspouts were reportedly seen in parts of Rizal and Muntinlupa as well. One netizen also said that moderate rain also came down after he took a video of the waterspouts.
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