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March 1st, 2012
10:57 PM ET

Video: Tornado victims lose everything

Harrisburg, Illinois, mourns those killed in a storm that leveled hundreds of homes. CNN's Gary Tuchman reports.

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February 29th, 2012
11:02 PM ET

Video: Storm chaser: 'Miracle I am alive'

Storm chaser Brandon Culkin tells Anderson Cooper how one tornado overtook his truck and flipped it over several times.

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April 27th, 2010
09:15 AM ET
May 27th, 2008
01:20 PM ET

160+ tornados in less than a week: Why?

KWTV news chopper pilot Mason Dunn describes how he chased a series of tornados in Oklahoma to get some amazing video
KWTV news chopper pilot Mason Dunn describes how he chased a series of tornados in Oklahoma to get some amazing video

Jacqui Jeras
CNN Meteorologist

Incredible! What a weekend.

In all my years as a professional meteorologist and spending my younger years living in tornado alley, I have never witnessed anything near the unpredictable, awesome power of the tornado that crawled across Hennessey, OK on Saturday. I was watching north central Oklahoma for the threat of tornadoes and a warning was issued for Kingfisher and Garfield counties. Next thing I know, my newsroom executive producer is running over telling me to get hooked up, we have live chopper shots of a possible tornado; they want me on the air.

We broke into programming just before 3:30p.m. EDT. Along with our CNN audience, I witnessed a large rotating wall cloud with a slight lowering. It turned into a funnel that gradually lowered to the ground and became a large, violent tornado. It was a classic looking “stovepipe” tornado, meaning it was very straight, up and down. The clarity of the funnel was amazing. It was in the middle of a field. Moments later, it leveled a hog farm. The roof was peeled away and debris was flying everywhere. It was an eerie feeling seeing this happen live, not knowing the status of the people that could have been in the building. A minute later, the tornado lifts. (It turns out, there were 6 employees that were in the barn, who ran into a brick office building and all were uninjured. Most of the pigs and piglets survived, too!)

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