A 50-meter-high waterspout tore around Taiwan’s Gaoping River for around 10 minutes last Saturday afternoon, proving that Southern Asia really is turning into the Day After Tomorrow.
The waterspout appeared at around 2:40 pm last Saturday in Taiwan’s Pingtung Country during a thunderstorm. It reportedly traveled along the Gaoping River for around 5 to 10 minutes. Frightened residents used phones to film the terrifying phenomenon from shelters.
Residents said that they could not see the top of the waterspout and the height probably surpassed 50 meters, which is rare. The waterspout traveled 6km up the Gaoping River.
Firemen in Pingtung Country said that the waterspout did not cause lots of damage since it only moved through open spaces. Still, it upended several screen houses and knocked out power in the area.
Taiwan Central Weather Bureau Forecasting centre officer Zheng Mingdian said that tornadoes always appear in Taiwan during the summer under strong convection currents. The tornado was a result of atmospheric instability.
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By Jennifer Hui