Ominous video from the South Plains of Texas captured a trio of tornadoes spinning close to a home on Tuesday, May 24.
Three dark pillars, stretching from the gray sky to the grass, appear to surround the homestead in Meadow, as if strategically placed, video taken and shared on social media by Kevin Harrington shows.
Meadow is about 28 miles southwest of Lubbock.
“Quit taking pictures and take cover!” a commenter said. “I hope it miisses y’all!”
“What my nightmares are made of,” said another.
These aren’t typical tornadoes, according to Harrington, they’re landspouts.
Often identifiable by their narrow, “rope-like” appearance, landspouts are a type of non-supercell tornado, according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Association. Though less powerful and destructive than supercell tornadoes, which are “the most common, and often the most dangerous,” landspouts should still be taken seriously, experts say.
“They can still be dangerous, while they are generally weak,” Russell Danielson, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Boulder, told TV station KUSA in 2019. “They are generally EF-0 or EF-1 tornadoes with winds anywhere from 65 to 110 mph. Landspout tornadoes can be as strong as an EF-3 which are about 150-mile an hour winds.”
Ultimately, the tornadoes kept their distance from the house and the Harringtons were unharmed.
“We’re good,” Jo Anne Harrington wrote. “It was a little crazy to watch though.”
Harrington’s experience came a day after a massive wedge tornado touched down near Morton, which is about 56 miles west of Lubbock, outlets reported. It didn’t cause any serious damage.