Watch: The Moment A Gigantic Waterspout Damages Up To 50 Homes
A rare and massive waterspout brought destructive winds that damaged dozens of properties, after it made landfall in the town of Tanjung Tokong, in the Malaysian state of Penang on Monday.
Residents in northern Penang saw the spout spinning near Tanjung Tokong's shores for about five minutes before it briefly arrived on land.
The tornado-like weather phenomenon ripped off the roofs of almost 50 houses and felled several trees, according to reports.
There were no injuries reported, a Penang Civil Defence Force spokesman told Channel News Asia.
"We are currently busy clearing the debris from houses which were ripped off by the storm,’’ the spokesman told reporters.
A waterspout is a whirling column of air and water mist over a body of water.
The waterspout in Penang appeared to be a fair weather waterspout, which develops on the surface of water. They form in light wind and move very little.
Typically, fair weather waterspouts dissipate rapidly when they make landfall, and rarely penetrate far inland.
Tornadic waterspouts feature severe thunderstorms, and are often accompanied by high winds and seas, large hail and dangerous lightning.
Residents of Tanjung Tokong quickly took to social media to share images of their close encounter with the waterspout.