Waterspout forms off village coast as fishing boats pass by in the Philippines

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This is the scary moment a waterspout tornado formed off the coast of a village as fishing boats passed by in the Philippines.

Footage shows the elephant trunk-shaped weather phenomenon expanding while the boats quickly sailed away from it in Baybay City, Leyte on July 3.

Resident Azumi Lalaine said: ‘It was scary and continued to become bigger. It was a bit far but it was still big and the wind was so strong.’

No one was hurt by the swirling vortex that lasted for almost five minutes before it disappeared and brought heavy rains to the village.

Waterspouts are intense columns of swirling tornado clouds that form over a body of water. They are most commonly found in subtropical areas and disappear shortly after they come into contact with land.

They are formed when pockets of warm air near the water surface rise suddenly. Cooler air is then sucked into the low-pressure air, which picks up water and rises towards the clouds in a rotating motion.

A tornado is a powerful rotating column of air extending from a thunderstorm to the ground. The most violent tornadoes are capable of tremendous destruction with wind speeds of up to 300 mph.