‘Water Tornado’ in Malaysia Damages Up to 50 Buildings

A massive waterspout was seen spinning near the shores of the Malaysian town of Tanjung Tokong for about five minutes before it briefly arrived on land. (Eric De Smet via Reuters)

A massive waterspout roared ashore into a town on the Malaysian island of Penang on Monday, damaging dozens of buildings as stunned residents took to social media to share images of the towering whirling column of air.

The spout was reported around noon after a heavy downpour off the coast of Tanjung Tokong, located on the northeastern coast of the island.

The waterspout was seen spinning for about 5 minutes before it briefly moved onto land and damaged up to 50 homes, Channel News Asia reported.

After moving into the land, some houses had their roofs ripped off and several trees were knocked down by the waterspout. Even with the damage, a defense spokesman told reporters that no injuries were reported.

“We are currently busy clearing the debris from houses which were ripped off by the storm,” the spokesman said.

Resident Mohd Fareez Othman told the New Straits Times that he was forced to take cover in a nearby building after spotting the waterspout moving in.

“It was huge,” he said. “I have lived here for more than 20 years, and have never seen such an incident before.”

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Source: Fox News