USA Storm Chasing Expedition - 23 May, 2008
MAJOR TORNADO OUTBREAK
Fixing the vans.
Fixing the hinge that got hyperexteded after the 100+ Km/h winds.
Mallet at work.
A bit of body damage from the door slamming back.
Looking for the items that got sucked out of the vans yesterday.
We found the map, 1 x Tape, 1 x Pair of Glasses and The GPS.
The Supercell is well established.
The TIV, (With Sean poking his head out)
Off they go..
A piece of farm equipment dominates the shot.
Highway patrol on the lookout for funnels..
Traffic Chaos... People taking cover from the large hail.
I have just spotted a Wedge Tornado.
There it is!
Scary black thing.
I have never seen anything like it.
There is nothing "pretty" about this type of tornado.
It's nothing short of a long track killing machine.
It's heading NNE across interstate 40.
Constantly changing strength and shape.
Appears to be weakening.
All Emergency services on standby.
Still moving at quite a speed.
Heading for the interstate.
It's now above the interstate but no doing any damage to passing motorists.
Tornado reforms on the other side of the road.
A thinner funnel this time.
Still very scary.
Not fully formed.
In a different position watching for lightning.
Large CG (Cloud to Ground) bolt.
The storm caught up to us and the lightning risk was way too high to stay in our position.
A bolt in the distance.
Rain was preventing us from getting a clear shot.
A night time tornado hits a Semi Trailer that passed us moments earlier.
Rescue services all on scene.
What's left of a B-Double Semi.
A total of 4 Semi's and 1 truck were overturned.
A scary night, and a very close call indeed.
We got a little too close for comfort..
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