RESIDENTS of Talisay City and Minglanilla town reported a tornado locally known as ipo-ipo struck their areas yesterday.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pag-asa) is still investigating the incident, which people in the area described as strong winds coupled with thunderstorms.

Minglanilla Police Station Chief Richard Gadingan said that strong winds struck the new public market in Barangay Tulay around 2 p.m.

A makeshift fence dividing the public market from an adjacent structure collapsed.

No one was hurt.

Residents from the coastal barangays of Talisay City also felt the onslaught of strong winds.

Barangay Poblacion Councilman Christopher Gabriel Bonjoc said that strong winds were also felt in the village but no damage had been report.

Pag-asa-Mactan chief weather specialist Al Quiblat said that while they have yet to determine what weather disturbance hit the south, he knew that it was caused by thunderstorm or cumulonimbus clouds.

Pag-asa issued a thunderstorm warning at 1:55 p.m. yesterday.

“Thunderstorm clouds often create different weather patterns such as tornadoes, whirlwinds and even hailstorms due to inherent factors such as hot weather, which causes heavy precipitation,” Quiblat explained.