Tornado trying to form 3.5 miles outside of Canton this morning when strong storms came through. On may way home from Canton. Very scary!!!

Tornado forming 3.5 miles from Farmingto

I was on my way home from Canton at 8:26 this morning. I left Coleman Ford and the Service Manger and I looked at the sky and he said. " I hope it doesn't come this way, it looks really bad." He not knowing that I had to drive straight into it going to Farmington. I left immediately after. The sky just kept getting darker and darker. The winds were picking up as I kept driving faster and faster trying to beat the storm and get home. Just as I made it 3.5 miles outside of Farmington, making the final left curve on Route 78 past Norris, I say a cloud forming just to my left about 100 ft off the ground. I kept driving and realized it way a tornado forming. I saw that i was starting to rotate. My first instinct was to pull over and get in the ditch. It wasn't raining hard yet. But with the adrenaline flowing, I pulled over and grabbed the cell phone and quickly took a picture. Immediately after I took the picture, it began lightening and raining large drops do big and hard that a car stopped and pulled up behind me. The wind was blowing so hard that my car was begging to be blown into the ditch. I decided to hit the gas and get back on the road. Just as I got back on the road the wind got the rear of my car and I fishtailed. Drove 40 mph the rest of the 3.5 miles to Farmington bearly able to see the road due to the heavy rain. It was coming down so hard, I could tell that the ditches was beginning to flood. I made it home safetly, that the Lord. And I will never, never stop to take a picture of a tornado that close again. I don't think the tornado finished forming or hit the ground. I didn't stick around to see. No sirens were blaring when I pulled into my garage on East Street in Farmington. Exciting but very scary.

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sassycat1013 says ... on Friday, Jun 25 at 9:34 AM

Picture was at an angle d/t one hand on wheel other on phone/camera.The picture is of the bottom of the cloud just as it started to lift, j shaped rotating. I was driving N, storm moving S, cloud moving E to W, rotating N-S. I am I crazy?What was it?

Jeremy says ... on Thursday, Jun 24 at 9:18 PM

Whoops, my bad. Assumed that it was from yesterday...

Ben Sparks says ... on Thursday, Jun 24 at 7:07 PM

And Jeremy, Did you even read the article? The storm was at 8:30 in the morning on June 22nd. And im willing to bet you/mike were not out chasing it...all the way back to Goodfield, because it moved S.E. and didn't even affect Goodfield.

Ben Sparks says ... on Thursday, Jun 24 at 7:04 PM

While i completely agree with what everyone said, the storm was Outflow Dominant, and really that morning the atmosphere was stable below 2500-3000 feet, pretty much wiping any chance of tornadogenisis out.

Jeremy says ... on Thursday, Jun 24 at 9:09 AM

Agreed - I was chasing this storm from Galesburg to south of Goodfield, staying just ahead of it, and there was no rotation or funnel clouds. STY nailed it.

Smarter Than You says ... on Thursday, Jun 24 at 9:05 AM

That Is a shelf Cloud with our camera turned The likely hood of a tornado on a Outflow dominate storm is about the same as the likely hood you you winning the Lottery and getting hit by lightning in the same day.

bill says ... on Thursday, Jun 24 at 12:52 AM

thats not a tornado. your picture is at an angle making it seem like a funnel.

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