Huge waterspout sweeps across ocean in the Philippines


A huge waterspout was seen sweeping across the ocean in the Philippines during a rainstorm.

The water funnel formed next to a beach in Borongan City, Eastern Samar province during a storm on October 13.

Resort owner Rhodora Haynes said: ‘I was shocked and scared because there were four twisters and the others were just slowly disappearing. Fortunately, there were no fishing boats when this happened.’

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.

Scientists believe 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.