June 13th Tornadoes, Near Orienta, Major County, OK (edit)





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Uploaded on Jul 25, 2007

Tornadoes near Orienta on June 13th. After taking a dirt road north to head off a storm we were flanked by a quick moving thunderstorm that drenched the road we were cautiously traveling, which completely sealed our fate, leaving us stuck for the next few hours.

While we were stuck this flanking thunderstorm went supercellular, and started dropping tornadoes about 1/2 mile to 3/4 of mile to our NE and then moved to our NW. Shortly after the first few tornadoes, the storm then moved South and later dropped another tornado (reportedly more than one, but I only saw one) to our SE as the storm moved directly over us.

This cell then merged with several other storms in the region to form a quasi-stationary MCS which dropped an estimated 9 inches of rain on our position. Thankfully, after a few hours of being stuck, Major County firefighters helped me and Amos push our car to the nearest gravel road (while we were surrounded by Cloud to Ground lightning). Afterwards, we were treated to one hell of a lightning show on the ride home.

I apologize for any shaky camera shots. This was my first ever tornado experience and I was standing in 2 inches of water and then another 3-4 inches of red, wet, clay, which made moving and setting up my tripod a challenge, not to mention the wind, rain and hail that made it even more difficult.



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