‘Jesus is coming’: Rare waterspout leaves Eastern Cape villagers spooked

Many villagers in Eastern Cape were left in a panic after they were treated to a very rare, and quite fascinating to watch, natural phenomenon. On Wednesday last week, a non-supercell tornado – often referred to as a waterspout – occurred over the Ncorha dam at Covimvaba’s Nququ Village.

The rare sighting led many villagers to come to various conclusions as to why it may have occurred – one of those reasons is that Jesus may be coming soon.

Wonderous waterspout spooks Eastern Cape villagers

Waterspouts are basically tornadoes that form over the water and occur quite frequently in some parts of the world.

In the Eastern Cape, however, these are not so common, and naturally, when one suddenly formed over a dam in the Covimvaba village, many villagers were left wondering what and why it was happening.

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Soon a video of the waterspout was circulating online and many people discussed what it may mean. News24 reports that various videos depict villagers in the area panicking as the waterspout moved on the dam.

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The publication also shared a Facebook comment that was made by a villager named Sibusiso Zonke who appears to think that the waterspout is a sign from God:

“This could be the resurrection of the dead or signs of the return of Jesus. It is clear it will all begin here in Nququ.”

Meanwhile, an expert explains

2OceansVibe reports that SA Weather Service meteorologist Lelo Kleinbooi, based in the Gqeberha office, explained what they witnessed:

“A waterspout is defined by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) as follows: It is normally a relatively small, weak rotating column of air over open water below specific types of cumulus clouds.”

According to Kleinbooi, “ waterspouts usually develop or form below certain types of cumulus clouds (it was a cumulonimbus cloud in the case of Cofimvaba), where winds blowing from different directions meet”.

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