Incredible footage shows the moment a rare quadruple waterspout stunned tourists on a remote Thai holiday island. People began gathering on the beach in Koh Lipe, southern Thailand, as dark grey storm clouds approached yesterday morning.
Four large columnar vortexes could then be seen twisting down from the sky and swirling in to the ocean. The rare weather phenomenon stunned holidaymakers in the area. They’re heard in the footage saying ‘that’s a cyclone, it’s sucking up the water.’ Another young woman is heard saying ‘oh my god, what is it’. The video was captured by Kim Puyu, who works on the island. Puyu said: ‘I’ve never seen anything like this before. I’ve not even seen one waterspout, so it was amazing to see four of them together. ‘The weather here is very dramatic, because it’s an island in the ocean. Before the clouds came there was strong sun and it was hot. ‘Then out of nowhere the dark clouds appeared. Nature is so powerful, it’s amazing.’
Weather Forecast Bureau spokesman Surapong Sarapa said a waterspout was common in the Andaman Sea coast during the rainy season but it was rare to have four of them at the same time.
Waterspouts, or funnel clouds, are intense columns of waterspout is an intense columns of swirling tornado clouds that appear over a body of water. They are most commonly found in tropical areas and disappear after a couple of minutes or when they come into contact with land.
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