'Twisters' that occur on Tristan are usually products of winter storms where low pressure systems are uplifted by the Tristan cliffs and may then develop into eddies, often known locally as a 'Willy'.
The name 'Willy' is also a common colloquial name for a cyclone and tropical storms, known as hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean are called a 'Willy-Willy' off Northern Australia. In Aboriginal myths, the willy-willy represents spirit forms. Children were
warned of a spirit that would emerge from the spinning vortex if they behaved
badly. In Indigenous America, the Navajo believed they were ghosts or spirits of
the dead called Chiindii.
Technically this August twister was a 'Waterspout' as it approached over the sea (as it's extreme low pressure 'sucked' up sea water) and a 'Tornado' as it continued over the land, its violent wind dismantling those man-made structures in its path.
Although usually associated with summer conditions, especially in the USA, tornados also effect many temperate countries, including the UK and the Netherlands, which has the highest incidence of tornados per area of any country in the world. Nevertheless temperate tornadoes are far less strong than those occurring the the southern USA or Bangladesh where high summer temperatures produce a much stronger vortex and cause fatalities where they effect urban areas.
One very local tornado or willy occurred on 16th September 1982. OAPs Freddy and Alice Green were, as usual, going to milk their cow which was in the fence behind the village. Walking together, Alice was lifted off the ground by a sudden vortex and thrown against a lava block wall. Freddy was not only unharmed, but did not feel the very local wind, even though they were walking together! Alice was treated in Camogli Hospital where she remained for a few days, but made a full recovery within a month.