This is the “incredible” moment a shocked onlooker films a “tornado” hitting Barcelona in Spain near the busy El Prat airport.
The incident followed a severe storm that affected the north-eastern Spanish coastline and videos of the columnar vortex were filmed in the Port of Barcelona and the municipality of El Prat de Llobregat in the autonomous community of Catalonia.
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One clip viewed over 11,000 times on Twitter shows the phenomenon twisting in the sky beyond buildings in the Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport.
The person filming can be heard exclaiming in surprise, saying the “tornado” is “incredible”.
Another video shows the tornado, which at first was a waterspout because it was over the sea, approaching the port and attached to a dark brooding cloud before it reportedly turned into a tornado and continued overland.
Meanwhile, the twister caused damage to a car park booth and several vehicles at the port, according to reports.
Local media said that no one was injured during the twister’s lifespan.
Waterspouts have a five-part cycle starting with the formation of a dark spot on the water surface, then a spiral pattern. This is followed by the formation of a spray ring and then the funnel, before finally disappearing.
They take place over water while tornadoes occur over land. In rare cases, a waterspout will continue moving onshore where it technically becomes a tornado.
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