Chaos ensued at Marina Beach in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, as a ‘Dust Devil’ phenomenon made an unexpected appearance on Monday night, toppling beachfront shops and intriguing onlookers. The dramatic tornado-like wind pattern, mistaken by many as a cyclone, was captured on mobile phones and swiftly became a viral sensation on social media.
The Astonishing Encounter with the ‘Dust Devil’ at Chennai’s Marina Beach
Witnesses described the astonishing moment when the ‘Dust Devil’ wreaked havoc along the beach, prompting a sense of fear and surprise among the beachgoers. Fortunately, this rare natural phenomenon, known as a ‘Dust Devil,’ only lasted for a few minutes and resulted in minimal damage.
Meteorologists later clarified that it was indeed a ‘Dust Devil,’ a powerful short-lived tornado-like occurrence generated when warm air near the surface rises rapidly through cooler air, creating an updraft. Although generally harmless, ‘Dust Devils’ have the potential to cause property damage and pose a threat to people, making this sighting at Marina Beach a significant but manageable event.