River Tornado Heading To City Centre Shocks Locals

CENPublished: April 10, 2018
Published: April 10, 2018

Residents in the Uruguayan capital received a shock when they saw a huge tornado sweeping across the La Plata River towards the city centre.

Locals of Montevideo filmed the atmospheric phenomenon and uploaded footage to social networks, which was widely shared by Latin American media.

Uruguay’s Meteorology Institute confirmed that no one was hurt by the twister, which faded away before causing any inland damage.

Before it disappeared, meteorologist Mario Bidegain told local media: "Even if the waterspout does not arrive on land, it is recommended that no one approaches it by boat."

Twisters can generate winds of up to 200 kph (124 mph) and although the intense columnar vortex is very narrow, it can surprise experienced sailors and easily sink small vessels.

According to meteorologists, the arrival of cold winds is linked with the appearance of the waterspout.

Experts said that the phenomenon was caused by a cumulonimbus cloud, a towering vertical cloud formed from water vapour that is carried upwards by powerful air currents.

Adverse weather conditions also affected the Argentine capital Buenos Aires although no tornadoes were reported there.

The La Plata River is an estuary formed by the merging of the Uruguay and the Parana rivers. It empties into the Atlantic Ocean and forms a funnel-shaped indentation on the south-east coastline of South America.

For this reason, the La Plata River may be considered an estuary, a gulf, a marginal sea or a river.

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