May 24 - Fairview, Oklahoma
- TORNADO DISASTER
- Today's high risk forecast certainly became a reality across
much of Oklahoma. Numerous supercell storms formed, producing
many tornadoes that unfortunately impacted quite a few populated
areas. One of the other drivers on Cloud 9 had a real scare when
a tornado destroyed his parent's home. Luckily, they were OK.
- The full extent of the outbreak is
still unknown and in the morning we'll have a better idea of
what actually happened. One thing is for sure, many of these
long-track tornadoes were very strong, easily in the EF-4 category,
but it'll take a few days before know for sure.
- As for our chase, we witnessed a few
tornadoes, mainly near the town of Fairview, including one very
photogenic rope shaped tornado. After that, we tried to keep
up with the numerous other storms that were dropping tornadoes
closer to Oklahoma City, but it was nearly impossible to keep
up. We did spot another one near Shawnee before we finally called
off the chase. It was an emotional day for us all. Another friend
of ours didn't know if his house and wife were OK (a tornado
just missed his house in Piedmont)
- In other news, the tornado in Joplin,
Missouri from 2 days ago has officially been given a rating of
EF-5, the highest rating a tornado can get.