Tornado Damages Montana Sports Arena

A YouTube user captured a tornado tear through the Rimrock Auto Arena in Billings, Montana on Sunday evening. The video shows debris whipping around in the sky above the Metra Park event venue. The twister was one of the largest to hit the city since 1958, a National Weather Service meteorologist tells KTVQ-TV.

Note to self:   When filming a tornado a few hundred feet away hold the camera upright, not sideways.  I must confess I did that a couple of times while filming things because you’re looking into the screen and it seems normal to you until you play it back on your TV.  Still –  Amazing footage.

Here’s some video right after the tornado passed.


Camera rolls as tornado hits home

A YouTube user recorded a tornado approaching his farm in Clarks Grove, Minnesota on Thursday, and kept the camera rolling as it moved directly over his home. The second half of the video was recorded from the safety of his basement, and goes dark when the twister knocks out electricity. The videographer, Mike Callahan, tells WCCO-TV the tornado killed his horse and destroyed a barn and 50-foot silo.


Oklahoma farm used in film Twister devastated by real tornado

TwisterA farm where scenes from the 1996 movie “Twister” were shot was hit last week by a real tornado.

J. Berry Harrison Sr. lost a horse, two houses, five barns, two silos and miscellaneous farm and irrigation equipment in the storm, but his family was not hurt, he said Saturday.

“We built all this in 50 years and it blew away in 15 minutes. It was quite a wind,” he said.

Harrison’s son and wife, their son and a niece were in one of the homes when the tornado hit. He said the house lost its roof, but the walls stayed intact.

During the filming of a scene in “Twister,” film crews tracked actors along a road and taking shelter beneath a bridge as a tornado passed over. The track of the fictitious tornado in the film and the real one that hit Monday appeared eerily familiar, Harrison said.

“The path of the tornado came exactly the same way that they made it in the movie,” he said.

The two silos destroyed in the storm were also pictured in the film, as was the tractor left on the bridge in the movie. The tractor wasn’t damaged.

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