Oklahoma Nemesis by orbital ()
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May 9th Katie/Wynnewood Tornado
Here is some video footage I took of the event for any one interested
Being from the UK we love to moan about our weather but we don't know how lucky we are in comparsion. For years I had dreamed of seeing a Tornado, so a couple of years ago I went on a storm chasing holiday. We saw a couple of supercells but then the week went dead. I had to give it another go so returned this year.
We saw this Tornado from start to finish. At this point it was a quarter of a mile away. You can hear the roar which sounds like a cascading waterfall. This thing stopped for nothing ripping trees out of the ground, and flattening farms. It was astounding and terrifying to witness such a force of nature. Sadly one person was killed. The whole day was was almost surreal, like a movie unfolding in real time. We saw 2 more tornadoes including a mile wide wedge that barely missed hitting a town. As night fell we punched through the heart of the storm, and were treated to the most incredible display of lightning.
Image Comments (8)
QuietRiot () 10:18AM | Sat, 20 August 2016
OMG....I live in Kansas and the LAST thing I want to see is a tornado. Fantastic capture!
TheBryster () 12:13PM | Sat, 20 August 2016
A few years ago here in the UK we had a mini-tornado - only about a meter wide - that was classed as Cat 5 - so they said. Took roofs off houses and destroyed a caravan and children's play area before dumping debris on a nearby rail line. It happened at 1am as part of a storm we were having at the time. I remember going around the house shutting windows. The noise was horrific.
In the morning that part of the village was packed with emergency vehicles and the media and we made the national news. We even had friends and relations ringing us up to see if we were ok from the other side of the country.
Great capture. I wouldn't want to be anywhere near that one.
I remember that Chris and saying at the time I'd love to see one. I had 2 chances by my house and missed both. The first I was in the next town and saw the storm come over. As I drove into our road there was a brick wall that had been knocked down, then lots of small debris from trees littering the road. Some houses further away had roofs damaged. The second time, I was watching some angry looking clouds out of the front window whilst out the back window there was a small tornado roaming the hills. This is someone elses shot of it.
blankfrancine () 4:41PM | Sat, 20 August 2016
A monstrous force of destruction wonderfully captured.
fireangel () 5:42AM | Sun, 21 August 2016
A real scary monster, a shame it claimed a victim too, and I'm glad you weren't on its list!
zescanner () 3:42PM | Mon, 17 September 2018
Thank you very much for sharing your videos and photos. Your footage was quite fascinating. The music you put with it further enhanced the surrealism of it. I saw one small tornado many years ago in full daylight from about a mile away. During the night some years later I heard but did not see another huge one which passed through two towns that I live just outside of. That one missed our house by only 1/2 mile (.8 km) and did much much destruction along its 1/2 mile wide path that was 20 miles long (32 km).
Thanks for the comment. I'm guessing you're state side to have experienced this. I wasn't quite prepared for the human side of the story. Yes we see news reports but actually being there and seeing how it affects peoples live is something else. There's nowhere to hide when you have something that can be so destructive. A couple of years before we passed through Joplin. The town had rebuilt, but there were so many open spaces from abandoned building plots where all that was left was a concrete slab. Also a distinct lack of trees gave away the path that the tornado took it's then you realise just how big a mile wide Tornado is.