Waterspout captured on video by locals in Durban

A non-dangerous waterspout was captured on video moving along the Durban coast. The rare phenomenon was observed by local residents on Tuesday.

Andre Britz was on holiday with his family in Umdloti, north of Durban, when the waterspout arose about a kilometer away from the Durban coastline.

“I can’t remember the exact time but it was sometime in the afternoon. I had never seen something like it before, I’d only ever witnessed such events on TV,” Andre Britz said.

According to Storm Report SA, a waterspout is an intense columnar vortex that occurs over a body of water and quickly dissolves over dry land. It often forms from a dark rotating cloud called a supercell, but it can also be created from a thunderstorm.

South African Weather Services (SAWS) said they had no knowledge of the event.

A very detailed and long video from Andre Britz of the waterspout this afternoon just off the coast of KZN near Durban.#Waterspout #Tornado #KZN #Durban

Posted by Storm Report SA on Tuesday, 9 April 2019

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