Deadly Tornado captured on camera in Kaiyuan, Liaoning Province, China

The Tornado killed six people and injured one hundred and ninety five people.

A deadly and violent Tornado has been captured on camera in Kaiyuan, Liaoning Province, China – watch in the video below.

At this time, all we know is that the video was sold to Ruptly. Subsequently, the video broker posted the video on their official YouTube account.

Find more videos of the Tornado below.

More photos & videos coming soon! We’re just waiting for Facebook to sort itself out!

RELATED: Devastating tornado leaves hundreds injured in China 

Violent rain-wrapped Tornado captured on camera in Lawrence, Kansas

This is the Tornado that went onto cause significant damage in Linwood, Kansas.

A violent rain-wrapped Tornado has been captured on camera in Lawrence, Kansas – watch in the video below.

The video was captured by Gerard Jebaily on the day the Tornado struck – yesterday, May 28th.

However WFLA’s news anchor, Josh Benson posted the video on his official Facebook page. Find more videos of the Tornado below.

Even though the Tornado passed south of the city, it still caused extensive damage to property on the outskirts of Lawrence – photo gallery/video of damage can be found below.

RELATED: At least 12 injured, widespread damage reported after tornado hits Lawrence, Linwood

Tornado touches down near the town of El Reno, OK: Damage, deaths and injuries reported

Update #3: Via his Twitter account, KFOR’s Mike Morgan has posted what looks to be a Tornado path map – with quite a gut wrenching caption.

Update #2: KOCO is reporting that last night’s El Reno Tornado was estimated to be an EF-3 – which has the wind speeds of one hundred and thirty six to one hundred sixty five.

However, we will wait for the National Weather Service to determine that.

Update: KFOR is reported that two children from a trailer park in El Reno are missing after a Tornado did significant damage there.

Original Post:

Details are still emerging at this time. News 9 in Oklahoma is reporting deaths due to this Tornado – we will have more on that when it emerges.

Significant damage and possible injuries have been reported after a Tornado touched down south of El Reno, Oklahoma. 

One report suggests that a hotel was hit and leveled. That report suggests that victims are being pulled from the rubble – see above tweet.

Residents – via social media – have been sharing images of significant damage caused by the Tornado – see below. 

Photo credit: Samuel Roback

When more photos and videos emerges online, we will post them.


Killer Tornadoes tear through Missouri, killing three people

The above photo is of the Tornado that struck the city of Jefferson – outside city limits.

Three people have been killed in a Tornado near Joplin and the National Weather Service (NWS) have confirmed a “violent Tornado” in Jefferson City late last night.

At approxmintanly 8:00pm, the NWS stated “a very large and destructive Tornado” had been spotted on the ground in Golden City, which is around forty miles north of Joplin.

RELATED: Large night-time Tornado captured on camera in Golden City, Missouri

Several hours later, the Missouri Department of Public Safety revealed the sad news that three people were killed in the Tornado

However, the storm system continued to move across the state. This is where it gets nightmarish, at 11:47pm, the NWS said a “violent Tornado” was confirmed in Jefferson City.

RELATED: Violent night-time Tornado captured on camera in Jefferson City, Missouri

Reports coming out of the city have suggested catastrophic damage has been caused by the Tornado. First responders have been inundated with calls from residents needing help.

2:00am local time, Lieutenant David Williams of the Jefferson City Police Department (JCPD) said there were no confirmed deaths, however several people were injured.

Williams also stated they had received multiple calls of people trapped. Williams called the scene a “chaotic situation”.

Local hospitals did not seen an influx of patients however set up command centers just in case the need arises.

The Missouri Department of Public Safety tweeted that there was a possibility of more Tornadoes and flash flooding.

The NWS said it had received twenty two sightings of Tornadoes by late Wednesday evening, however some of those could be duplicates – same Tornado essentially.

The JCPD saoid there are emergency shelters at the Thomas Jefferson Middle School, YMCA on Stadium and YMCA on Ellis Boulevard for people in need of help.

Governor has told all non-essential government employees to stay away from the city of Jefferson.

RELATED: Significant Tornado captured on camera in Carl Junction, Missouri

Day break is starting to break, so we’ll start to see more of the damage caused by the Tornado. This will be updating article – posting of videos/photos of damage.



Photo credit: Damon Powers

TORNADO! The Kalamazoo, Michigan Tornado of May 13th 1980

On the 13th May 1980, A F3/EF3 Tornado struck the city of Kalamazoo, Michigan. The Tornado first touched down at 4:00pm eight miles of the city limits, it steadly moved eastward through downtown Kalamazoo.

Photo credit: Kalamazoo public library

The Tornado dissipated east of the city at around 4:25pm. So essentially, the Tornado was on the ground for twenty five minutes.Twenty five minutes had passed by, however the devastation left in the wake of this Tornado was substantial.

Five people died, seventy nine injured and over fifty million dollars in property damage. William Milliken walked through the area hours later, and suggested the following: “It reminds me of a bombed out city”’

We highly recommend you read the Kalamazoo public library’s dedicated webpage on the Tornado, click here to take a read…

…We didn’t particularly want to make this a wordy article, however we wanted to give this Tornado a substantial introduction.

Now you’ve read about it, now relive the Kalamazoo, Michigan Tornado of May 13th 1980 thru the lens of a camera in the videos below.  

Find an incredible gallery of photos of damage caused by this Tornado here.

The Great Miami, Florida Tornado of May 12th 1997

Twenty two years ago yesterday this photogenic Tornado/Waterspout struck the Florida city. On the 12th May 1997, at around 2:00pm, am F1/EF-1 Tornado produced substantial amount of damage as it swept through the downtown area of Miami.   

The Tornado developed southwest of the city and first touched down in the Silver Bluff Estates area. Find out more about the Tornado’s path here.

The Tornado produced roof damage to an apartment complex and a number of houses in the area of Little Havana. In the Miami downtown, windows were blown out of several buildings including nearly every south facing window on the first three floors of The Citadel Building.

Several cars were damaged by flying debris in the WTVJ-NBC parking lot. Other cars were overturned or blown several yards when the Tornado moved through the parking lot of the Bell South office building.

A Metro Mover vehicle on Miami’s public transportation elevated rail system was derailed as the Tornado neared the Government Center in downtown Miami. Around a dozen injuries were attributed to the Tornado.

With that being said, let’s move onto the next part of this article. In the videos below, relive the F1/EF-1 Miami, Florida Tornado that struck on the 12th May 1997.

It was reported that this Tornado/Waterspout killed hundreds of wild chickens… We thought to add that!


Wichita Falls, Texas Tornado of April 10th 1979 – Terrible Tuesday

FYA: This Tornado was one of many that struck during the Red River Valley Tornado outbreak of the 10th April 1979…

…We will be producing a separate article on this outbreak in due course. You can find more out on the Wichita Falls, Texas (TX) storm itself here.

The F4/EF-4 Tornado that struck Wichita Falls, TX formed several miles southwest of the city in Archer County, travelling over mostly open land.

When the Tornado turned east-northeast, it entered Wichita County – damaging a handful of rural homes, string of high voltage towers.

Moving into the city of Wichita Falls, the Tornado first struck Memorial Stadium and McNiel Junior High School, severely damaging both buildings (#1 on the damage path diagram below).

Damage path diagram credit: National Weather Service (NWS)

The Tornado’s formation and its movement towards the stadium and high school was captured on camera by Wolfgang Lange from the front of his apartment complex (#2 on the damage path diagram) – see in the photos below.

After capturing the last photo of the Tornado, Lange retreated to the complex’s laundry room and hid between heavy commercial washers and dryers. Luckily, he only suffered minor injuries.

Northeast of Lange’s apartment complex, on the first street of houses, a man by the name of Robert Molet also captured the Tornado on camera as it approached (#3 on the damage path diagram) – see in the photos below.

Unlike Lange’s view, as you can see in the above photos, Molet did not have an unhindered view of the Tornado – did not immediately recognise the F4/EF-4 wedge.

Molet stood in his backyard driveway and captured the destruction of the above mentioned apartment complex and the beginning of his neighbourhood being destroyed.  

Molet carried on taking photos until the wind blew him into his garage. Although, his house was completely destroyed, Molet escaped with only minor injuries – protecting him from the worst of the winds and debris.

The first deaths caused by Tornado were recorded at the already mentioned apartment complex and adjoining housing area.

Continuing east-northeast, the Tornado severely damaged commercial buildings along Southwest Parkway, including total devastation of the Southwest National Bank Building except its vault (#4 on the damage path diagram).

North of Southwest Parkway, the F4/EF-4 wedge destroyed many homes in the Western Hills (DR). Further eastward, many houses in the Faith Village were destroyed, Ben Milam Elementary School was severely damaged (#6 on the damage path diagram).

The Tornado was captured on camera from the south of the city by Pat Blacklock – see in the photos below (#5 on the damage path diagram).

 As you can see in the last few photos above, the gust front/strong west winds to the south of the Tornado can be seen producing waves on Lake Wichita – kicking up spray from the lake.

As the F4/EF-4 wedge crossed Kemp Boulevard, a number of commercial business were destroyed – resulting in several deaths. The Tornado’s most destructive winds missed the Sikes Senter Shopping Mall to the south, but a handful of stores were damaged.

Photo credit: UNKNOWN

Beyond the above mentioned shopping mall, the Tornado crossed a greenbelt area, “skirted” Midwestern State University on the south side – severely damaging more housing additions.

From the Ligon Coliseum of the University, Professor Joe Henderson captured the Tornado on camera (#7 on the damage path diagram) – see in the photos below.

The F4/EF-4 wedge was also captured on camera by Troy Glover from the roof of the Bethania hospital (#8 on the damage path diagram) – see in the photo below.

Photo credit: Troy Glover

A number of people tried to outrun the Tornado as it crossed the south side of the city by getting in vehicles and driving east of Southwest Parkway – north on US Highway 281 and east on US Highway 287.

The Tornado blew many of those vehicles off the above mentioned highways, resulting in numerous deaths.

The F4/EF-4 wedge took the lives of forty two people in Wichita Falls, twenty five deaths were vehicle related and sixteen of the twenty five deaths got in vehicles to outrun the Tornado.

Before leaving the east side of the city, the Tornado destroyed the Sun Valley housing area, the Sunnyside Heights Mobile Home Park and several large commercial businesses including the Levi Strauss Plant – iconic jean maker.

Northeast of Wichita Falls, the Tornado trekked into Clay County. Not only did it enter a different county, it changed its appearance.

As seen in the photos below, captured by Winston Wells, the Tornado became multivortex (#10 on the damage path diagram). At one time, the F4/EF-4 wedge displayed as many as five satellite vortices. 

At this stage of its life, the Tornado did extensive damage just south of Dean and near Byars, destroying a significant number of rural homes, but thankfully causing no deaths.

The grief and devastation caused by this Tornado is almost unthinkable

This particular type of Tornado event is unheard of! A violent Tornado tearing through an eight mile section of a city.

In addition to the forty two deaths caused directly by the F4/EF-4 wedge, three more people died of heart attacks/illnesses during the stress of the Tornado’s life. The number of reported injuries approached almost eighteen hundred however additional injuries were never recorded.

In 1979 dollars, total property damage in the city was estimated at four hundred million.

Over three thousand homes were destroyed and another were damaged. One thousand apartment units/condominiums were destroyed and another one hundred and thirty were damaged.

Around one hundred and forty mobile homes were destroyed, two schools were obliterated and eleven others suffered significant damage. Over one hundred commercial businesses were destroyed, some of which were large businesses/manufacturing – including Levi.

That concludes our in-depth overview of the Tornado. Now, relive the Tornado in videos below.

Terrible Tuesday: 5th May 1964 central/eastern Nebraska F5 & F4 Tornado

fifty five years ago today!

It was a terrible Tuesday! On the 5th May 1964, a historic, destructive and deadly Tornado event affected a number of counties within central and eastern Nebraska.

Two particularly damaging/significant Tornadoes touched down, one was rated an F5/EF-5 and the other F4.

Article clipping credit: NWS

It’s suffice to say, the above mentioned F5/EF-5 Tornado travelled nearly seventy miles from eastern Adams County to northwestern Butler County is the last F5/EF-5 Tornado recorded in Nebraska. With that being said, let’s get into an overview of the Tornado event.

For some residents in central/eastern Nebraska, 5th May 1964, started out like any other day. However, by sunset, it would be a day of total destruction. During the afternoon, severed thunderstorms developed and quickly pushed northeast.

Article clipping credit: NWS

One of these storms produced an F4/EF-4 Tornado touched down initially in southeastern Greeley County and destroyed much of Wolbach and caused several injuries – thankfully and fortunately no one died. 

It’s safe to say, the biggest and most destructive Tornado was yet to come. By 5:00pm, a Tornado touched down just southeast of Hastings and developed into an F5/EF-5. Two people were killed by this Tornado a farm three miles northwest of Bradshaw…

Article clipping credit: NWS

…There were also numerous injuries, including fifteen people near Shelby.

Fortunately, several towns along the way which were spared a direct hit, including Hampton, Bradshaw, Benedict, Stromsburg and Shelby. Suffice to say there was complete destruction of all farmsteads in the direct path.

It was a significant and powerful Tornado that completely destroyed at least a dozen of these farms within the first thirty miles of its track. The Tornado width was one quarter of a mile wide, sometimes two – three separate damaging funnels extended from the same cloud.

Article clipping credit: NWS – find more clippings here.

Hail preceded, accompanied and followed the Tornado touching down. The Tornado lifted near Bellwood in Butler County, the Tornado briefly touched the ground a few times in the next forty miles.

Find a poster about the Tornado, produced by the National Weather Service (NWS)  in the link below.

April 2011 Super Tornado Outbreak – relive the outbreak in video

RELATED: Videos of the Violent EF4 and EF5 Tornadoes on April 27, 2011

The April 2011 super Tornado outbreak was one of the biggest, deadliest and most destructive severe weather and Tornado outbreaks in the U.S. Suffice to say some of a handful of the Tornadoes that touched down during the outbreak struck heavily populated areas.

Regardless of alerts well in advance and short term warnings, the Tornadoes/storms killed three hundred and twenty one people and injured almost three thousand people, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA – Storm prediction Center – SPC).

Nearly three hundred and fifty Tornadoes touched down in around of the south, Midwest and northeast states of the U.S. A majority of the Tornadoes that touched down during the April 2011 super outbreak happened on the 27th April, according to the National Weather Service.

The most destructive Tornado, a multiple-vortex EF-4 Tornado, which took the lives of sixty five people and injured more than one thousand people alone swept through Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, Alabama during the afternoon/evening on the 27th April.

Suffice to say, within a matter of minutes, ten per cent of Tuscaloosa was destroyed and more than one thousand six hundred people were left homeless – including the students of University of Alabama. It has to be said, the above mentioned Tornado was one point five miles wide with winds of one hundred and ninety miles per hour. 

The Tornado was on the ground for more than eighty miles.

It has to be stated: The same supercell thunderstorm that produced the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham Tornado went onto to spawn other Tornadoes that “skipped” along a three hundred and eighty mile long path from Mississippi to North Carolina.

Three EF-5 Tornadoes, twelve EF-4 Tornadoes and twenty one EF-3 Tornadoes struck during the April 2011 super Tornado outbreak. Some of the violent storms coincided areas that were hit with severe weather and Tornadoes earlier in the month. April 2011 was a busy month!

A destructive and deadly Tornado outbreak took place on the 14th – 16th April, when one hundred and seventy eight Tornadoes touched down and resulted in the deaths of almost fourty people across parts of the Plains, south and eastern seaboard.

In closing, April 2011 saw a record seven hundred and fifty Tornadoes strike the U.S, according to the SPC – records go back to 1950.

We didn’t particularly want to make this a wordy article, however we wanted to give this significant outbreak a well-balanced and detailed introduction. Now you’ve read about it, now relive the April 2011 super outbreak thru the lens of a camera in the videos below.

Find an extensive video playlist of the Hackleburg/Phil Campbell EF5 Tornado below.

Furthermore, TV coverage and documentaries in regards to this outbreak can be found below.

UPDATE: A reader brought it to our attention that Smithville, Mississippi was struck by an EF-5 Tornado on the 27th April 2011 – watch two videos of the Tornado below.


Motorist captures Brazos County, Texas Tornado on camera

This video has only just emerged.

A motorist has captured some remarkable footage of the Brazos County, Texas Tornado – just north of Bryan to be precise – watch in the video below.

The video was captured by KBTX news viewer on the day the Tornado struck – yesterday, 24th April.

However, Shel Winkley posted the video on his official Instagram account. In case you’re wondering the connection… Winkley is the chief meteorologist of KBTX News.


Incredible video of Tornado that struck Brazos County, Texas

Look at the rotation! Great capture!

In the video below, watch incredible footage of the Tornado that struck Brazos County, Texas – just north of Bryan/College Station to be precise.

The video was captured by Jason Rosipal on the day the Tornado struck – yesterday, 24th April. However, Blake Brown posted the video on his official Twitter account.

Find more videos of the same Tornado below.

“This video is just as good!”


27th April 2011 Tuscaloosa/Birmingham, AL Tornado – relive in video

Here’s an overview on the Tuscaloosa/Birmingham EF-4 Tornado…

…The Tornado was spawned by a supercell thunderstorm which initiated in Newton County, Mississippi at 2:54pm (CDT), it dissipated in Macon County, North Carolina at around 10:18pm (CDT).

This supercell thunderstorm lasted around seven hours and twenty four minutes – travelling approximately three hundred and eighty miles producing several significant strong/violent Tornadoes along the way.

The EF-4 Tornado initially touched down in northern Greene County, Alabama (AL) and moved northeast through southern Tuscaloosa and western Jefferson counties, where it caused devastating damage to portions of the city of Tuscaloosa and western suburbs of Birmingham, AL. The Tornado lifted northeast of downtown Birmingham.

The Tornado entered Tuscaloosa County, just north of CR 60, west northwest of Ralph, and moved northeast causing tree damage and minor building damage which is consistent with an EF-2 Tornado.

The Tornado intensified as it crossed the Black Warrior River, north of interstate 20 and approached Tuscaloosa to a violent EF-4. As the Tornado approached interstate 359, a handful of buildings were destroyed – including Tuscaloosa County Emergency Operations Centre.

Along 15th street east and McFarland Blvd east, several small restaurants and stores were destroyed, with only a wall or two standing. The Tornado completely devastated the Cedar Crest neighbourhood just north of 15th street, levelling many cinder block homes and killing three people.

The Tornado then crossed McFarland Blvd, where is destroyed more stores and restaurants. The EF-4 crossed McFarland Blvd in the Alberta City community. Alberta Elementary School was almost completely destroyed, with only a few walls still standing.

A nearby apartment building was reduced to rubble. The Alberta Elementary School suffered nearly complete destruction with no walls standing and a pile of debris on the foundation. Cinder block construction homes in the surrounding neighbourhood were completely destroyed.

The Tornado continued northeast and struck the Chastain Manor Apartments at the north end of 34th Ave east – completely destroying a brand new two story apartment complex. It has to said, a small club house anchored to a foundation was completely destroyed – swept from the foundation.

Comparable devastation to homes and businesses was eminent along both sides of CR 45 near 1st street east and locations to the northeastward. East of Holt, the Tornado path width widened from zero point five mile to one mile.

The Tornado crossed Holt Peterson Road just northwest of Clinker Road, where two homes were completely destroyed. ALMOST! All trees were blown down or snapped in the vicinity, as well as in the bottom of a narrow ravine.

The EF-4 continued to Holt Lock and Dam Road near its intersection with Recreation Area Road where it caused significant damage to a restaurant as well as a number of boats. Several injuries were reported in this area.

The Tornado moved northeastward and weakened an EF-3 rating. As its path narrowed to zero point five mile, the Tornado passed north of Brookwood, near the intersection of Hannah Creek Road and CR 99 and moved into western Jefferson County, four miles north of Abernant…

…With that being said, we’re going to leave our overview here. Read more about the Tuscaloosa/Birmingham EF-4 Tornado here. Below find a handful of relating facts:

  • Rating: EF-4
  • Estimated maximum wind: one hundred and ninety miles per hour.
  • Injuries/deaths: one thousand five hundred injuries/sixty five deaths
  • Damage path length: eighty one miles
  • Maximum path width: two thousand six hundred yards (one point five miles) when crossing I-65.
  • Approximate start point/time: 33.0297/-87.9350 at 4:43pm
  • Approximate end point/time: 33.6311/-86.7436 at 6:14 pm

With that being said, relive the Tuscaloosa/Birmingham Tornado in the videos below.


Frightening footage! Man films deadly Tornado from parking garage

The Tornado in the video below struck Tuscaloosa, Alabama in April 2011. The Tornado was rated EF-4/F4.

There’s something about this footage that makes us watch it over and over!

In the video, watch incredible footage of the Tuscaloosa, Alabama EF-4 Tornado filmed from inside a hospital parking garage.

The video was captured by Tommy Clark on the day the Tornado struck – April 27th 2011. However, the video was then sold to Viral Hog.

Subsequently, the video broker posted the video on their official YouTube account.

In the near future, we will be producing a relive in video article for this Tornado. It’s safe to say this Tornado was historic.

Seat belts save lives! Tornado knocks car/camper off road in Arkansas

Read a press release regarding this video at the bottom of the article.

Mr & Mrs Boerjan should have stopped! In the video below, watch as a Tornado knocks the Boerjan’s car/camper off road in Arkansas.

The video was captured by Savannah Boerjan on the day the Tornado struck. However, the video was then sold to Storyful.

Subsequently, the video broker posted the video on their official YouTube account.

Additionally, find photos below.

Photo credit: Savannah Boerjan
Photo credit: Savannah Boerjan
Photo credit: Savannah Boerjan
Photo credit: Savannah Boerjan
Photo credit: Savannah Boerjan
Photo credit: Savannah Boerjan

An Arkansas couple is crediting their seat belts for saving their lives after a run-in with a Tornado.

Savannah Boerjan and her husband Brandon said they were driving home with their newly bought camper van when they saw the Tornado touching down.

Savannah can be heard in the video: “Speed up, get the f**k out of here. Brandon, Brandon, I’m scared.”

The Boerjan’s continued to drive down the road however the Tornado grew.

Before cracking their windshield, blowing debris inside, Savannah shouted: “It’s right there, oh my god. Dear god, heaven please forgive me for my sins. Brandon, we’re going to die. I love you, I love yo…”

Thankfully, the couple sustained minor injuries.

Yesterday’s Nachitoches, Louisiana Tornado captured on camera

You can see the Tornado cross the road + a power flash!

Yesterday’s Nachitoches, Louisiana Tornado has been captured on camera – watch in the video below.

We can assume the video was captured by Ryan Lottinger on the day the Tornado struck – 18th April. Lottinger posted the video on his official YouTube account.

Relating photo – found on Instagram can be found below.

Destructive side of nature! Powerful Tornado strikes Franklin, Texas

It’s pretty clear it’s very big! A powerful and destructive Tornado has struck the town of Franklin, Texas.

Photo credit: Chaston Pruitt

Whilst details are limited at this time: damage and injuries have already been reported. 

UPDATE: It’s been a couple of days since this Tornado struck, so we really wanted to give this article a hardy update.

Two significant videos of this Tornado/storm emerged online after it struck – you can watch both below.

It’s suffice to suggest the following: It was the video of the damage caused by this Tornado that brought a lump to our stomach – find several videos below.

Until we get a full confirmation, we will not be reporting on injuries or deaths. There’s a lot of numbers out there, which have confused us. So we don’t want to get it wrong!


Captured on surveillance camera! EF-5 Tornado obliterates house

Preface: This EF-5 was one of hundreds that struck during one of the largest continuous Tornado outbreaks on record – 22nd May – 31st May 2008. 

In this post however, we’ll be focusing on the Parkersburg, Iowa EF-5 Tornado – which struck on the 25th May 2008 – find out more at the bottom of the article.

In the surveillance camera video below, watch the May 2008 Parkersburg, Iowa Tornado completely obliterate a home. 

The surveillance camera footage was captured by the surveillance camera at First State Bank – bank’s drive-up ATM – in Parkersburg. 

The above mentioned Tornado tore a forty three mile-long path across the counties of Butler and Black Hawk in Iowa. 

The EF-5 took the lives of nine people, injuring dozens and causing several millions of dollars worth of damage. 

The Tornado began near the Butler and Grundy County line, two miles south of Aplington, Iowa at 4:48pm (CDT).

The Tornado grew quickly in size and intensity over the next several minutes as it approached Parkersburg. 

The Tornado was nearly three-quarters of a mile wide as it moved through the southern end of Parkersburg at 4:56 (CDT). 

A third of the town experienced devastating damage with nearly two hundred homes completely destroyed. 

The Tornado maintained it’s size and intensity as it moved through New Hartford, Iowa. At 5:09pm (CDT), the severe weather event moved just north of New Hartford, once again causing incredible structural and tree damage. 

The Tornado weakened east of New Hartford with lesser damage as it pushed through portions of northern Black Hawk County – north of the cities of Waterloo and Cedar Falls.

During the weak phase of the Tornado, the parents supercell thunderstorm produced significant straight line winds from a large rear-flank downdraft (RFD) just south of the Tornado’s path. 

Wind speeds of up to one hundred miles per hour were produced simply by the RFD, with a  wind gust to ninety three at 5:37pm (CDT) measured at the Waterloo Airport. 

The Tornado re-intensified and grew nearly one and a  half miles wide north of Dunkerton, Iowa causing significant damage to a farmstead there. The Tornado dissipated just before leaving Black Hawk County at 5:50pm (CDT).


Captured on camera! Tornado hurls a house through the air

Find out more about this Tornadic events at the bottom of the article.

In the video/gif below, watch the June 2014 Pilger, Nebraska (NE) Tornado hurl a house through the air.

The full video is unavailable at this time, however we know the footage was captured by

As a warm and humid atmosphere returned to the central and northern parts of the Plains on the 16th June.

Thunderstorms developed during the morning over central and eastern NE which subsequently moved into western Iowa by the afternoon – early.

The thunderstorms were severe with large hail – some of which was tennis ball size.

The above mentioned morning thunderstorm left a boundary between rain-cooled air to the north and a humid air mass to the south – over eastern NE.

The combination of this boundary and a robust vertical wind shear which lead to a volatile atmosphere1 by the middle of the afternoon over the area on the 16th June 2014.

1: favourable for supercell thunderstorms capable of producing Tornadoes.

Just after 2pm (CDT), thunderstorms began to develop in the atmosphere to the northwest of Columbus, NE.

The above mentioned area of scattered thunderstorms quickly developed into one very powerful supercell over Stanton County, NE that tracked throughout the afternoon.

The supercell thunderstorm produced a total of five Tornadoes, four of which were violent.

The Tornadoes resulted in two deaths, a number injured and millions of dollars in damage.

Suffice to say that this Tornadic event is known for the twin Pilger, NE Tornadoes – find four relating videos below.

People! DO NOT seek shelter from Tornadoes under overpasses

When it comes to hail, just drive. You can always get a new windshield, however drive carefully. Blocking the roads leads to traffic congestion & accidents.

This post has been in the making for a while. This blog will talk about why you should not seek shelter under highway overpasses.

It’s suffice to say this subject has grown in significance following a recent severe weather even in the Oklahoma City area.

Countless people wrongly think that a highway overpass provides a safe haven from a Tornado. When in reality an overpass may be one of the worst places to seek shelter from a Tornado.

Seeking shelter under an overpass can put you at a much greater risk of being killed/seriously injured by a Tornado. The wind speeds of a Tornado can exceed three hundred miles per hour.

It’s suffice to say the (above mentioned) wind speeds can produce airborne debris that are blown into and channelled under the overpass where people might be seeking shelter.

Varying debris moving at unbelievable speeds can easily penetrate clothing and skin, which in the end can cause serious injuries or even death. The bullet points below list five relating facts:

  • If an overpass is directly in the path of a Tornado, the wind could change direction by nearly 180 degrees as the vortex passes over.
  • By climbing up higher to get under the overpass, you will wide-open to high wind speeds – more debris.
  • Flying debris become hazardous missiles in the airflow of the Tornado.
  • It’s suffice to suggest that most overpasses don’t have girders/support beams for people to hold onto.
  • The narrow passage underneath an overpass could cause an significant increase in wind speed under the bridge.

Where you should shelter instead

When you’re driving on the road, we highly suggest you try to drive to the closet sturdy shelter.

If that is not an option at the time, then this is what you need to do:

  • Pull over, park and exit car
  • Get to the lower level of the roadway – i.e. ditch.
  • Lie in the ditch, covering your head with your hands.


22nd May 2011 Joplin Tornado – relive the Tornado in video

It was a hot and humid Sunday afternoon on the 22nd May 2011, a supercell thunderstorm tracked from southeast Kansas into the far southwest Missouri.

It’s suffice to say this supercell thunderstorm produced an EF-5 Tornado over Joplin, Missouri – causing incredible destruction and a tragic loss of life.

This storm – along with others – caused additional Tornadoes, wind damage and flash flooding across far southwest Missouri.

As mentioned above: A significant portion of Joplin was devastated by an EF-5 – winds greater than two hundred miles per hour – Tornado.

This resulted in the deaths of one hundred and fifty eight people + over a thousand injured in the city.

The Joplin Tornado is the deadliest since modern record keeping began in 1950 and is (currently) ranked seventh amongst the deadliest Tornadoes in the history of the U.S.

With that being said, now relive the May 2011 EF-5 Joplin Tornado in the videos below.

Find two ground zero videos of the Joplin Tornado below.