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Portugal. A waterspout over Lisbon

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A waterspout appeared over Portugal. On Thursday, a huge water funnel passed near the Vasco da Gama Bridge in Lisbon. The phenomenon was associated with the strong storm Nelson, which is expected to shape the weather over the Iberian Peninsula until Sunday.

Unfavorable weather conditions prevailed in Western Europe. On Thursday, widespread storm Nelson passed over the Iberian Peninsula, bringing with it deadly high waves. It was also accompanied by other phenomena.

Over 700 interventions

On Thursday afternoon, a waterspout appeared over the Vasco da Gama Bridge in Lisbon, one of the longest bridges in Europe. The giant funnel passed over the waters of the Tagus River, heading towards its southern bank.

The Lisbon metropolitan region was one of the hardest hit after Nelson passed over Portugal, local media reported. Many emergency services interventions were also carried out in the south of the country, in the Algarve. From Thursday to Friday noon, Portugal's civil defense recorded 716 incidents related to bad weather.

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According to the Portuguese Institute for the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA), difficult conditions associated with storm Nelson will persist at least until Sunday. In the north of the country, yellow snowfall alerts will remain in force until Monday.

A waterspout over LisbonReuters/Eduardo Meira – Role de Rua

Waterspout. What is that?

Waterspouts look similar to tornadoes, but are usually weaker and rarely reach land. They form when a mass of cool air moves over a much warmer body of water. A characteristic, elongated vortex is then formed above the water surface.

Reuters, SIC Noticias, tvnmeteo.pl

Main photo source: Reuters/Eduardo Meira – Role de Rua

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