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The formation of a waterspout off the coast of Singapore.
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The waterspout appeared, stretching up out of the ocean and seeming to skirt between boats – boats whose situation off the coast of Singapore suddenly looked decidedly more perilous.
Bystanders on land watched the towering vortex, awestruck. An eerie howling sound could be heard preceding a burst of heavy rain and extremely strong winds. If people on shore ducked instinctively at this expression of Nature’s power, then we can only guess at the reaction of those on the boats as these terrific elements were unleashed. Yet no sooner had the phenomenon started than it ceased, leaving observers gaping at the display they had witnessed.