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Uploaded on May 14, 2009

While it is correct that I was not in the funnel of the tornado I was on the edge of the circulation. I was not the only one caught off guard by this tornado as TVN also had a close call that even resulted in one of their chasers loosing their windshield about a mile from me. The tornado had be moving due east and I had started to stair step to the SE to get out of the RFD when the tornado turned and started to move to the SE and cut me off as it started to rope out. Either the RFD or the inflow into the tornado did push me into the ditch, I did not drive into it. I also did not purposely get this close, I was just trying to stay with the storm by using the very limited road network. I do not chase just for the thrill of it, my number one priority is severe weather reporting via spotter net or phone and I had been calling in reports as I followed the storm. The only reason I am so excited after the tornado passed by is because I was just happy to still be their, I honestly got caught off guard and I admit I got stupid close and am lucky to be alive and that's what made me so excited. When I said I love you Dad I said this because I thought I wasn't going to make it. Right after I got back on the road I headed back to the Comfort Inn in Kirksville and help several families who lost their homes get in touch with the Red Cross and then did help pass water along to workers in the Lake View Estates.

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WOW! what a day May 13th was! I just narrowly was able to escape being killed by a tornado which had killed another person moments before making it to my location. This tornado had cause extensive damage in Kirksville, MO as this tracked along the north side of town and then curled around about 5-6miles away from the town towards the SE as it kept dealing what looks to be about high end EF-1 to EF-2 as it crossed just yards from my position, pulling me off the road into the ditch towards it as I frantically tried to back away from the path the core of the circulation was to take across the road right in front of me. Normally I NEVER like to be this close as its very dangerous and I am very lucky to be alive. I honestly thought I was going to die as it bared down on my position. The reason the tornado was able to sneak up on me was because of the heavy rain wrapping around it from the RFD making the tornado impossible to see until it was nearly to late for me.
LISTEN TO THIS MONSTER ROAR!... I have never like the freight train sound...to me this sounds like a loud jet plane and man I honestly have never been more frighten in my life. Luckily my Jeep and myself are 100% a ok and I was also able to keep my streaming cam live while stuck in the outer fringes of the tornadic circulation and derbies field of the tornado.
I also had a nice con/wedge tornado (its hard to tell through the rain) earlier in the day and some awesome structural shots as well as some good b-roll that I will post later in another series of videos from this day


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