Human Interest Dramatic Video Shows Tornado-Like Waterspout Shocking Cuban Town: 'Very Dangerous' Waterspouts are extreme weather events that look like "the start of an alien invasion," according to meteorologist Dean Narramore By Joelle Goldstein Joelle Goldstein Instagram Twitter Joelle Goldstein is the Staff Editor of TV for PEOPLE Digital. She has been with the brand for five years, beginning her time as a digital news writer, where she covered everything from entertainment news to crime stories and royal tours. Since then, she has worked as a writer-reporter on the Human Interest team and an associate editor on the TV team. In her current role, Joelle helps oversee all things TV, and enjoys being able to say she has to watch The Kardashians, America's Got Talent, Love Is Blind and Dancing with the Stars for her "work" responsibilities. Prior to joining PEOPLE, Joelle was employed at The Hollywood Reporter, where she was co-nominated at the 2019 GLAAD Media Awards for Outstanding Magazine Article for feature cover story. She graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor's degree in Television-Radio (and an appearance in the NCAA Women's Volleyball Final Four!) People Editorial Guidelines Published on October 20, 2021 01:25 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Cuba got quite the extreme weather show over the weekend. Around 5 p.m. on Saturday, the city of Cienfuegos, which is located off the south coast of Cuba, was hit by a dangerous tornado-like waterspout, news.com.au reported. The extreme weather events happen when tornadoes form over water or move from land to water, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). They are typically associated with severe thunderstorms and often bring along high winds and sea levels, large hail and dangerous lightning, per the NOAA. Deadly Natural Disasters Have Increased Five-Fold Over 50 Years Due to Climate Change The waterspout — which Bureau of Meteorology senior meteorologist, Dean Narramore, said looked like "the start of an alien invasion" — made its appearance in the sky through dark clouds and lasted for a total of eight minutes, according to news.com.au. The rare phenomenon was captured by dozens of residences, who snapped photos and recorded videos of the storm brewing in the sky and raising the water into the clouds. Despite its intimidating appearance and spinning column, the waterspout did not cause any damage to the area, according to BBC News. "Without a doubt, it is a beautiful show," Virgilio Regueira, a meteorologist at the Cienfuegos Provincial Meteorological Centre, wrote on Facebook, per news.com.au. "But be very careful, because we know that they are very dangerous." Though the weather events are said to be rare, at least three waterspouts have been reported around Cienfuegos Bay within the last four months, per news.com.au. Kids Born in 2020 Will Face Up to 7 Times More Extreme Climate Events: Study News of the recent waterspout comes after the United Nations announced that the number of natural disasters has increased five-fold over a 50-year period due to climate change and the rise of extreme weather events. A recent study published in the journal Science also found that children who are born in 2020 will experience two to seven times more extreme climate events than those who were born in 1960. The events — which include heatwaves, droughts, crop failures, floods, wildfires and tropical cyclones — are likely to rise in frequency, intensity and duration due to the current rate of global warming and lack of preventative national policies, NPR reported, citing the study.