A RARE tornado hit Manila and nearby areas on Sunday, which, according to a report by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, originated from land.
The tornado was first spotted in the Port Area at around 4:30 p.m. and was seen traveling toward Intramuros and Balic-Balic districts in Manila, and then to Galas and New Manila in Quezon City.
It toppled trees, electrical posts and destroyed property along its way.
Among those hit and damaged was the National Press Club (NPC) building in Intramuros. Parts of the glass staircase of the NPC was destroyed and as well as some of makeshift eateries in front.
Several houses were reported damaged and a number of residents were injured in the Baseco compound in Tondo. The area is adjacent to the Port Area where the twister was believed to have formed.
The twister also shattered the glass door of a 24-hour convenience store and felled some trees on G. Tuazon Street.
The tornado was caught on video by Twitter user Karen Madrigal as it swung from the Port Area and Intramuros in Manila.
Madrigal uploaded a time-lapse video of her two-minute clip of the tornado, taken from her condominium unit in Binondo district.