A tornado formed out of nowhere in downtown port area of Tondo, Manila, wreaking havoc in its path in a country where there is very rare if no occurrences of tornado anywhere, at least in Metro Manila.
Such tornadoes have formed in the country before, but were not so destructive in nature, and mostly in the countryside.
Various news sources have reported on this bizarre weather occurrence, that built up in Tondo, crossing Intramuros, Binondo, Sta. Cruz, Quiapo, Sampaloc and dissipated near Quezon City.
PAGASA mentioned that the tornado was energized by a thunderstorm and lasted only 20 minutes.
Tornado view from Binondo🌪😱
Posted by Shè Curiano-Yu on Sunday, August 14, 2016
BREAKING • Tornado incident at Sampaloc, Manila (previously reported happened in Port Area) at 4:43pm, August 14, 2016. No casualties reported.Let us all continue to be alert. Stay safe, everyone! (Video courtesy to: Karen Daphne Madrigal)
Posted by Philippine Red Cross on Sunday, August 14, 2016
So far, no casualties were reported in its wake, save for some injuries, but power and communication lines were reportedly destroyed and may take awhile to repair. For their part, Meralco is currently conductive restoration operations in those affected areas.
Some netizens made light of the situation, blaming Goenitz for the outbreak of the tornado. (Those who play King of Fighters are in for a laugh)
Others were morbid enough to wish that it occurred somewhere in Luneta where a gathering of people opposing the late Ferdinand Marcos’ burial in the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ cemetery), citing his tenure as a bloodstained dictator. President Duterte is bent on putting Marcos to rest, with the issue beaten around like a dead horse for a long time.
(Photos: Paolo Domingo, Lyon, Philippine Star)