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Rare tornadic waterspouts appear in Guangxi

People's Daily Online)  08:02, August 24, 2012

The first stream of tornadic watersput appears off the coast of Beihai City of South China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on the afternoon of Aug. 22, 2012. (CNS Photo/Zhao Changyan)

Translated and edited by Ye Xin, People's Daily Online

Around 12 O’clock at noon on Aug. 22, four streams of tornadic waterspouts appeared in the same direction off the coast of the city one after another. The spectacular phenomenon lasting for about seven minutes was captured by a local resident’s camera. Tornadic waterspouts are tornadoes that form over water, or move from land to water. They have the same characteristics as a land tornado. They are associated with severe thunderstorms, and are often accompanied by high winds and seas, large hail, and frequent dangerous lightning.

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