A massive waterspout (buhawi) was formed a few hundred meters off Daniel Z. Romualdez (DZR) Airport, or commonly known as Tacloban City Airport this Saturday, July 2. The scary scenario was caught on camera by some brave netizens including a certain Cesar Ian Tabuyan, and posted it on Facebook. Watch the video below.
According to witnesses, the huge waterspout was spotted at around noon time that day. On the 1:50-minute video shared by Tabuyan, you can hardly hear his voice as it is being overpowered by thr instense roaring of heavy winds. Fortunately, it landed on water and did not touch the ground. Otherwise, it will harm people or destroy airplanes.
As explained by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), there are two types of waterspouts – fair weather waterspouts which are not associated with thunderstorms, and tornadic waterspouts that develop downward in a thunderstorm. The latter forms over water or moves from land to water, and behaves like a land tornado.
Generally speaking, fair weather waterspouts are not as dangerous as tornadic waterspouts, as they make their way upward into the atmosphere. On the other hand, a tornadic waterspout usually have frequent lightning and high winds, and can be destructive. It is being formed during severe weather just like ordinary tornadoes.
As advised by NOAA, the best way to avoid a waterspout is not to move closer to it to further investigate and prepare to leave. The Amercian scientific agency also strongly recommends moving at a 90-degree angle to its apparent movement. Most waterspouts are considered as dangerous as tornadoes, and therefore should not be taken for granted.
As we all know, super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) badly hit Samar, Leyte, and Tacloban City on November 8, 2013, and is considered as the deadliest typhoon that ever hit the Philippines. As of posting, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has no comment yet on the waterspout at Tacloban City airport.