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Tornado - May 24, 2011

Fairview, Oklahoma

Tornado Outbreak in 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 outbreak was a big one with numerous tornadoes, a couple of them rated EF-5 causing tremendous damage in Oklahoma.
 
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)

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Rope tornado

I've been trying to get this shot for years.

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One of many tornadoes that touched down today across Oklahoma.

The Storm Prediction Center outlook for the day.