May 24, 2011

Canton, OK

Just days after our close encounter with the Joplin tornado, we woke up on May 24 to the possibility of another extreme and potentially deadly tornado setup. SPC was forecasting a major tornado outbreak across much of Kansas and Oklahoma, issuing a rare high risk.

The day lived up to its intense potential. We caught our first tornado as it developed just north of the town of Canton and watched as it evolved from a classic cone to an elephant trunk, then to a fat stovepipe (borderline wedge).

Tornado at Canton Oklahoma during the May 24 2011 tornado outbreak

The ‘Welcome to Canton’ sign seemed ironic in the foreground as the tornado grew into a massive stovepipe and was passing north of town