Update: According to the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth, Texas, the damage caused in the town of Greenville was caused by straight-line-winds and not a Tornado.
Original post: There is extensive damage in the town of Greenville, Texas following a reported strong Tornado that struck last night. It’s also been reported that it was rain-wrapped.
The reported Tornado swept through the town just before
6:00pm, causing extensive damage to buildings (churches1), leaving a
trail of downed trees and power lines.
1: It’s suffice to suggest a number of churches were having services or bible study last night. This was the situation at Highland Terrace Baptist Church on the outskirts of the town. Families were gathered with their pastors in the church when a portion of the roof was ripped off by the reported Tornado.
Photo gallery of damage caused can be found below.
As the photo gallery above illustrates, multiple buildings downtown Greenville suffered extensive damage. Initial reports suggested the downtown area was the hardest hit.
Video of the damage caused by this reported Tornado in the downtown area can be found below.
Multiple law enforcement agencies have been working together to keep some areas of the town blocked off that have downed power lines and polls.
The roof of one business was completely ripped off, ending up
crumpled in the street. A classic car business had its glass windows blown out.
The initial call for first responders was significant, due to
damage affecting such a densely populated area. There were no reports of
serious injuries thankfully.
Should photos or video of the reported emerge, we will post them. Find more of our articles on Tornadoes that have struck the state of Texas here.
stories is a new series of articles in which we give chasers the chance to share
their most memorable chasing experience. It will then be presented in the form
of a story.
The first storm chaser story comes from Manitoba Storm Chaser Jordan Carruthers. Carruthers tells the story of his close range intercept of the May 2019 Tahoka, Texas Tornado. So without further ado, please enjoy!
May 5th, 2019, is a day that will not soon be forgotten, this day started off like any other chase day, we woke up, picked our target, and hit the road. About an hour after reaching our target the storms began to fire, one to our north and one to our south, It was decision time which storm do we go to? They both looked similar on the radar and were in similar environments, so we had a 50/50 chance of picking the right one.
We happened to notice that the one to our south was developing over a town named Ropesville. So now it was obvious which storm we needed to head for, as we got closer to this cell we started to notice it was attempting to do a classic ‘right-split’. This meant the southern half of the cell was feeding into a better environment and splitting off of the northern half which was in a less than ideal environment. THIS WAS GOOD NEWS FOR US!
After determining which direction the southern half of the cell was going to go, we hopped in our truck and started moving to get into better position to intercept it again, as we were traveling to our new spot. We ran into a couple of storm chasers that we knew from Australia so we pulled over on the side of the road and watched the storm for about 15 minutes, during this 15 minutes the storm did something that we weren’t expecting.
It turned into a high precipitation (HP) storm which is not what we wanted, this meant that if this storm produced a tornado, it would likely be rain wrapped and invisible to our eyes. We continued to watch this storm struggle to stay alive as it became outflow dominant, which in layman’s terms meant it was spitting out all of its potential energy and dying…BUT THEN SOMETHING MAGICAL HAPPENED!
The storm ran into an outflow boundary that was sitting to its south, and when this occurred, it quickly began to rotate right beside us. As we were traveling south towards Tahoka, Texas, my guest in the backseat started shouting, “Look on the ground, Look on the ground”.
I turned my head to the right, I quickly saw what she was shouting about. There was a large area of dust beginning to spin on the ground about one-fourth of a mile to our east. So I quickly pulled the truck onto the side of the highway and hopped out, video camera in hand, and started determining what was happening.
There was no real Wall Cloud or funnel present so at first, I was thinking this was just a Gustnado being caused by the gust front (outflow) of the storm. However, I began to notice the rotation within it. THIS WAS A TORNADO! As I stood on the side of the road, filming the development of this tornado, it began to condense. It quickly became a large, dusty stovepipe Tornado. THIS HAPPENED RIGHT BESIDE US!
I happened to look behind me to see if there was any traffic heading towards this that I had to warn, I noticed a large wall of dust heading straight for us. This was the Rear Flank Downdraft (RFD), if we became engulfed by this RFD we would no longer have visual of the Tornado. There was a possibility of being hit with debris that was picked up by the Tornado.
THAT WAS WHEN I MADE THE DECISION THAT WE HAD TO MOVE! We had three choices,
Stay between the Tornado and the RFD.
Try to beat the Tornado and get to the other side of it.
Drop back behind the RFD and possibly lose visibility.
I chose option two! I hopped in the truck, punched the gas pedal and started racing the Tornado. I started catching up to it, however it came very obvious that we were not going to be this thing. As I was travelling south, the Tornado was travelling southwest. It became clear we were getting closer to each other, so I pulled over onto a median. I watched the Tornado as it crossed the highway about two hundred yards in front of us. At this point in time, we were still in a safe position between the Tornado and the RFD attached to it.
Having watched the Tornado cross the road a mere two hundred yards in front of us, I was once faced again with a decision – moving south or moving north through the RFD. I looked behind me and noticed a clearing in the RFD that I could easily punch through, and get a better overall visual of the Tornado. So essentially, that’s what I did. I turned the truck around and started driving through the RFD. Once I got through, knowing we were safe, I pulled onto a pull-off on the highway. I hopped out of the truck and carried on shooting. What I saw was one of the most incredible views I’ve ever seen!
This big dusty stovepipe Tornado was pulling dust from miles around it. It was like a scene from the movies, I knew I had to stick with this thing. I quickly hopped back in the truck and started heading south, chasing the Tornado once more! By this point, the RFD was in a position that it wasn’t obscuring our view. However, it was beginning to drop hail in our path. So now, we had to be cautious and stay as close as we could to the Tornado, without getting into the hail. Every time we would start getting into the hail, we would pull over and let it move away from us again.
By this point, the Tornado was becoming severely rain and dust-wrapped, becoming harder to see. We were driving south on the highway and happened to notice the Australians that we ran into earlier parked off to the west of the highway. We pulled in behind them and began our celebrations, we showed them our photos, and they showed us the photos they captured. We just sat there describing what we just experienced.
This was the moment that we decided to call the chase off, as we could no longer see the Tornado, due to dust and rain. It would be far too dangerous to intercept it once again. Find some of my favourite photos in the gallery below.
Wow, what a story. Thanks to Jordan for sharing his story with us. Links to Jordan’s social media outlets relating to chasing can be found below.
With only minutes
to go before the end of day on the next-to-last day at Hays Elementary in
Rockwall, Texas, excited students and their teachers were forced to take action
as severe storms moved into the area this past Wednesday afternoon – 29th
their teachers were told to go immediately into shelter mode as a Tornado
approached them. However, fourth-grade teacher Megan Parson knew there was a number
of parents still outside in the carpool lane.
Parson said was one of a number of teachers that alerted the parents.
Parson told NBC
Washington that the teachers were “knocking on windows, we’re running down the
side walk and we’re telling them you need to come in. You need to seek shelter”.
by stating she did her best to wave out those at the end of the line. However,
when she couldn’t get their attention, she decided her only option was to run
fourth-grade teacher was captured in a photo sprinting barefoot, her red kimono
flying in the wind, as a Tornado swirled in the background. The photo appears
to show the teacher racing the Tornado, which she didn’t even know was just a
few miles away.
In the days since the event, the photo has been shared hundreds of times by people far and wide – hailing the teacher a hero. Which we firmly agree with! However, looking back at it, Parson suggests her cape was simply a kimono and her actions, were simply her job.
You’re a hero in our opinion Mrs Parson! We highly recommend you read the rest of NBC Washington’s article on the photo here. Video coming soon.
The Rockwall, Texas Tornado was rated an
EF-0 by the National Weather Service.
Watching this is better than watching porn. Watch outstanding footage of two wedge Tornadoes near Booker, Texas in the video below.
The video’s description can be read
“Wedge formed off to our south west by
about three miles or so. We moved further up the road to get closer and watched
it cross the highway about a mile from us. It roped out and then the storm
recycled and dropped the second tornado.”
The video was captured by Tim aka Twitter user, JediTimbob on the day the Tornadoes struck – yesterday, 23rd May. Tim posted the video on his official YouTube account.
Update #2: A statement from the subject involved in the incident has now posted a statement via his Facebook account – read below.
“So I was involved in an altercation in Roberts County, Texas last night. I was under the impression that if you don’t want somebody trespassing, you have signs, which I always watch for.
A rancher from the area pulled up to me and flatly said “GET OUT”. I then proceeded to tell him that I didn’t see any “no trespassing” signs, and at that point he got out of his vehicle with a fireman, to which prompted me to get mine.
Huge misunderstanding, I’ve talked with the Roberts County Sheriff on the phone, and we came to an understanding. I will be getting a trespass citation, but otherwise it has been take of.”
Update:Minutes ago, we exclusively received a statement from Roberts County Sheriff, Dana Miller in regards to the incident.
“We received a call about 5:20pm from the ranch manager of Mesa Vista Ranch, owned by T. Boone Pickens, that a trespasser was on the ranch.The trespasser was three miles into the
ranch and had to pass multiple No Trespassing signs to be in that location.
The Ranch Manager, Keith Boone, approached the vehicle and asked the trespasser to leave, the trespasser pulled a gun on Mr. Boone.The vehicle was described as a Chevy Trailblazer with Kansas plates 784EBP with a yellow light on top and storm chaser decals.
The subject was described as a man with a dark beard and a baseball cap on. The trespasser said he was going to call the Sheriff.The Ranch Manager said he would do it for him because he works with the Sheriff’s Office Storm Spotting, with the Volunteer Fire Department, and has a good working relationship with us.
The spotter went down another road and the Manager approached him again and the spotter told him that he was “tired of messing with these Red Neck Mother Fu**ing Farmers and Ranchers”.The Ranch Manager them explained to the trespasser that he also had a gun and it was bigger than the trespassers. That is when the man decided to leave.”
Miller told us that subject involved was not apprehended – so keep an eye out. Christopher Homen is the deputy sheriff you see in the video below – original post.
Original post:The above featured photo was captured Pike as the deputy sheriff talked to chasers.
Details are vague at this time, we await a press release from the relevant authorities – including an affidavit. At this time, all we’re going to write about is what we know.
Police are searching for a “storm
chaser” who pulled a gun on farmers yesterday while chasing severe weather in
the southern Plains – Texas to be precise.
This story was first brought to our attention by a fellow chaser and good friend, Emily Pike, when she posted the following photo on her Facebook account
Pike then went live on her Facebook account to talk about the above-mentioned scenario;