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Waterspout seen off southern Singapore on Sunday afternoon

Waterspout seen off southern Singapore on Sunday afternoon

CNA reader Robin Leow said he spotted the waterspout at about 4.45pm. (Photo: Robin Leow)

SINGAPORE: A waterspout was seen off the southern coast of Singapore on Sunday (Dec 6) afternoon amid rainy and stormy weather.

Photos provided by CNA readers showed a waterspout under heavy, dark grey clouds.

A CNA reader who asked to be known as Mr Dave said he saw the waterspout from the balcony of his apartment at Tanjong Rhu in Kallang.

He said the waterspout started to form after 4.30pm, just as a storm was starting. It lasted for at least 10 minutes, he said.

Screengrab of a waterspout seen off Singapore's southern coast on Dec 6, 2020. (Video: Dave)

The waterspout appeared to be located between Sebarok Island and St John's Island, said Mr Dave, adding that it "looked fairly static but could have been moving".

"The lightning alarms went off and then the storm began to move in. And then (I) just noticed the spout as I looked outside," Mr Dave said.

"It appeared, then seemed to disappear in the middle, and then reappeared stronger again."

CNA reader Robin Leow said he spotted the waterspout at about 4.45pm. (Photo: Robin Leow)

Another CNA reader, Mr Robin Leow, said that he saw the waterspout amid "rainy weather" from his residence.

The waterspout appeared at about 4.45pm and lasted for about five minutes, he said.

CNA reader Robin Leow said he spotted the waterspout at about 4.45pm. (Photo: Robin Leow)

Responding to queries from CNA, the Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS) said on Tuesday the waterprout was observed at around 4.30pm during a thunderstorm.

"The waterspout lasted several minutes and dissipated after the thunderstorm," MSS said.

A waterspout is a rotating column of wind associated with intense thunderstorms over the sea, MSS said, adding that moisture from the sea feeds into and supports the growth of the thunderstorm cloud. 

"In Singapore, waterspouts tend to form over the sea areas south of Singapore. 

"The waterspouts typically last about 10 minutes, but the larger ones can last for up to an hour."

Sunday's waterspout comes amid the Met Service's latest advisory that wet weather will continue for the first two weeks of December, with thundery showers forecast over parts of Singapore in the afternoon on most days.

This story came from a reader tip-off. If you would like to send in information, photos or videos about something newsworthy, submit your news tips on CNA Eyewitness.

Source: CNA/dv

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