|Aerial view of yesterday's Lee's Summit, MO tornado.|
So when a tornado touched down in Lee's Summit, Missouri, right near Kansas City on Wednesday, the cameras were rolling.
It was interesting that the tornado was caught simultaneously from at least three different angles during one fascinating moment. All three videos are at the bottom of this post for your viewing pleasure..
The tornado was relatively weak, which is good because as you can see it was in a heavily developed neighborhood.
As is often the case, you don't see the actual funnel reaching the ground, but the tornado sure did. Not all tornadoes have funnels that extend all the way to the ground, so this isn't so unusual.
At the moment you'll see in the three videos, a suction vortice appears in the tornado.
Suction vortices are tornadoes within tornadoes, and are often responsible for the pockets of heavy damage in a tornado path in which the destruction otherwise isn't all that great.
It's why you get images of one house that's totally destroyed - hit by a suction vortice,- while the house next door is just slightly battered, because the suction vortice missed that one.
Channel 41 Action News caught the suction vortice flailing like a madman from their vantage point in a nearby parking lot:
Somebody in one of those buildings got another perspective of the tornado. In it, you can see that same suction vortice damaging a roof of a nearby building, then zapping through some power lines. The people taking the video probably should have been inside.
Even though it was a fairly weak tornado, they could have been hurt by flying debris. Watch:
Meanwhile Action 41 news had a chopper in the air, and you can the suction vortice damaging that same roof and those same power lines.