Tornado wreaks havoc in Kabasalan, Sibugay PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 16 September 2012 14:49

A tornado wreaked havoc in Kabasalan municipality, Zamboanga Sibugay at dawn yesterday.

Report said that Kabasalan’s Barangay Poblacion was the center of the twister where properties worth millions were destroyed.

The calamity was confirmed by no less than Kabasalan Mayor George Cainglet.

The tornado happened around 3:30 a.m.

Kabasalan’s public market was totally destroyed and several other establishments suffered damages.

Mayor Cainglet said there were residents who were reportedly injured during the twister. Some of them were treated in the hospital.

The local government of Kabasalan and other government agencies assisted the victims. They were trying to determine the actual damage brought about by the tornado.

Authorities advised the residents to stay alert for any possible similar incident.

Wikipedia defines  tornado as a violently rotating column of air that is in contact with both the surface of the earth and a cumulonimbus cloud or, in rare cases, the base of a cumulus cloud.    They are often referred to as twisters or cyclones, although the word cyclone is used in meteorology, in a wider sense, to name any closed low pressure circulation.

Tornadoes come in many shapes and sizes, but they are typically in the form of a visible condensation funnel, whose narrow end touches the earth and is often encircled by a cloud of debris and dust. Most tornadoes have wind speeds less than 110 miles per hour (177 km/h), are about 250 feet (76 m) across, and travel a few miles (several kilometers) before dissipating. The most extreme tornadoes can attain wind speeds of more than 300 miles per hour (483 km/h), stretch more than two miles (3.2 km) across, and stay on the ground for dozens of miles (more than 100 km).[2][3][4]

Such natural calamities happen in areas that are flatland like Kabasalan.— Dan Toribio Jr.