The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) is cautioning the public to be careful and stay away from waterspouts, after one was sighted in the waters off of Bali’s Buleleng regency yesterday.
The phenomenon was captured in a widely circulating video, which showed Balinese people clad in traditional clothing witnessing the occurrence by a beachside temple, while a column of rapidly swirling air makes contact with the water surface at a distance.
In the comment section, people fretted over how those in the video didn’t retreat from the scene, despite things looking quite alarming.
Dwi Hartanto from BMKG Denpasar noted that waterspouts often occur during the rainy season.
“People should be careful and stay away from the rotation,” Dwi said. ”They are called tornadoes on land, but at sea or in lakes, they are called waterspouts.”
“The most important thing is to be careful and not get close.”