Sea alerts expected to be lifted Saturday evening, but torrential rain to continue
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – As Typhoon Mangkhut (山竹) left the Philippines heading for China, a tornado and a waterspout hit different stretches of the Taitung County coastline Saturday afternoon.
A waterspout is a spinning column of air filled with water which forms over the sea, while a tornado is its land-based counterpart.
As the waves grew weaker later Saturday, a tornado moved ashore at the fishing harbor of Shangwu (尚武), throwing rafts on land which had escaped the worst of the waves earlier in the day and ripping apart the roofs of homes, the Central News Agency reported.
Near another segment of the Taitung coast, witnesses saw a waterspout move about off the town of Chenggong (成功), but no damage was reported. [FULL STORY]