Massive Waterspout Swirls Near Singapore Shore

By Reuters

A massive waterspout surprised Singapore on the morning of May 11.

Witnesses posted images on social media showing the waterspout swirling near the southern shore of the island and also near landmark, Marina Bay Sands.

They told local media that the waterspout was seen for around 20 minutes.

A waterspout
A waterspout is seen moving towards the shoreline in Singapore on May 11, 2019. (Screenshot via Reuters)

Local media quoted the National Environment Agency (NEA) as saying there were an overage of three waterspout occurrences every year.

NEA had forecast moderate to heavy thundery showers with gusty wind over southern, eastern and central areas of Singapore at around 10:00 a.m. local time when the waterspout was seen.

The last reported massive rare waterspout appeared close to Malaysia’s island of Penang on April 1.

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The spout was seen spinning near Tanjung Tokong’s shores for about five minutes before it briefly arrived on land.

Social media users posted footage of their close encounter with the waterspout before it dissipated.

Minor damage was also seen after the funnel blew away zinc roofs off some buildings.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.