Beachgoers at Candeias Beach in Jaboatao dos Guararapes, Brazil, were shocked when a quick-moving waterspout formed Sunday afternoon.
Waterspouts are a meteorological phenomena. They combine the swirling power of a tornado with a large body of water to create an entrancing sight. Once a waterspout comes ashore, it is considered a tornado.
Onlookers were visibly frightened, and several recorded the phenomenon, posting their experience to social media, NE10 reported.
The videographer captures people fleeing the beach as sand whips up, battering those who remain.
“Many waterspouts develop in a similar manner as tornadoes, in which a severe thunderstorm develops over water and produces a funnel that connects between the water and the base of the cloud,” said weather.com meteorologist Chrissy Warrilow.
“The waterspout is barely visible for the first 30 seconds of the video, but as the camera pans to the sky, it is very clear that the waterspout has formed from the base of a thunderstorm, and once it crosses onto land, it would be classified as a tornado,” Warrilow clarifies.
The strong wind gusts picked up chairs and umbrellas, tossing them about the beach, G1 said.
No injuries have been reported by the local fire department at this time, NE10 noted.
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