What to Do When You Have Yard Work and There's a Tornado Barreling Down

There are storm chasers. And then there are storm mowers…? A man quite focused on checking off the items on his to-do list did not seem to mind a recent tornado swirling near his Alberta, Canada, home while he mowed his lawn.


Cecilia Wessels woke from a nap to find her husband, Theunis, doing some yard work with a giant funnel cloud in the distance. She snapped a picture to send to her parents in South Africa.

According to CBC News:

Theunis Wessels says the tornado was actually much further away than it appears in the photo, and that it was moving away from them.

There have been no reports of injuries from the tornado, although some other photos show downed trees and a barn with its roof ripped off.


Theunis Wessels said he was keeping watch of his surroundings and saw the twister form as the swirling connected from the sky and the ground to form the funnel.

Theunis said he watched a TV program about storm chasers, so he’s familiar with them.

The tornado moved away to the east, he said.

“It looks much closer if you look in the photo, but it was really far away. Well, not really far, far away, but it was far away from us,” he said.

“I was keeping an eye on it.”

Not even a twister can keep some people from getting some much-needed chores done!


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