- We almost missed this one.
- After getting suckered south to a storm
that never developed. We couldn't resist turning around and blasting
north to a very impressive storm that had started to produce
tornadoes near the town of Bennington. Reports started to come
in of a large tornado on the ground and it continued for a long
time, a very long time. The tornado lasted about 90 minutes.
Just enough time for us to reach it as it approached the town
of Chapman. Luckily it missed the heart of the town, and only
damaged a few homes and railroad tracks south of town.
This monster tornado was on the ground for over 30 miles, and
lasted an hour and a half. It was rated EF-4 on the Enhanced
Fujita scale, and it is incredible that it missed any town, and
there were no reports of any serious injuries. What a lucky day.
We did come across a house that was completely leveled and the
homeowners were gracious enough to let us film and report from
the site for The Weather Network and CNN. One woman survived
the tornado in the basement. She did exactly what she was supposed
I would have liked to have been on this storm earlier, but at
least we did manage to see it. This was our fifth day in a row
of seeing tornadoes. A feat I have never accomplished before.