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A number of waterspouts have formed across the Mediterranean in recent days, causing damage to busy coastal areas and marinas.
Two ‘water whirlwinds’ crashed into the south-west coast of Turkey yesterday, damaging several yachts and cars in Marmaris Yacht Marina. The heavy winds also caused minor to mid-level damage to piers and walls within the facility. No injuries have been reported; an alert was sounded to warn people in the immediate vicinity that the extreme weather event was taking place.
According to observers, the tornado-like waterspouts passed yesterday afternoon (21st November) with an interval of 40 minutes.
A number of people uploaded videos of the waterspouts to Twitter.
Bu da hortumun kendisi.— Eyyup KARACA. (@eypkrc) November 21, 2018
Geçmiş olsun! pic.twitter.com/lCeirTbO0s
The incident comes shortly after a similar waterspout crashed into the southern Italian city of Salerno. Locals filmed the vortex edging into the port’s harbour.
There have been no reports of injuries, but a number of freight containers were damaged.
Waterspouts are very similar to tornadoes, but form over water when cool and unstable air moves over warmer waters and turns into a spinning column of water. Once they pass over solid ground, they tend to disperse relatively quickly.
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