'It's Coming Straight at Us!' Tornado Forces Storm Chasers to Flee in Crowell, Texas

A group of storm chasers was forced to flee after a tornado touched down next to a wind farm, south of Crowell, Texas, on Wednesday, May 4.

Wesley James Jackson was live streaming on Facebook when the tornado began to move towards him and his group, forcing them to return to their vehicles and drive to safety.

The National Weather Service urged anyone in the path of the tornado to take “precautions” immediately.

Across the state, a tornado watch was issued by the National Weather Service in eight counties in northwest Texas, followed by a severe thunderstorm warning, with wind gusts of up to 70 mph and tennis ball-sized hail expected. Credit: Wesley James Jackson via Storyful

Video transcript

WESLEY JAMES JACKSON: That's a pretty good-sized tornado, too.

[WIND BLOWING]

[AIR WHOOSHING]

[INAUDIBLE]

- Go right above.

WESLEY JAMES JACKSON: Looks like it's going up. Yup. You hear that windmill, dude?

[AIR WHOOSHING]

- See it fall down though.

WESLEY JAMES JACKSON: Yeah, yeah. It's still-- it's a strong tornado right now. We got to move out here in a second though. That's crazy, bro. It's coming straight at us.

[WIND ROARING]

Yup, yup. We got to get out of here in a second. Let's start going. Let's start going. Start going, Jacob. Jacob, hop in! Hop in, Jacob! It's getting violent. Jacob, hop in! It's coming straight at us. Hop in. Whoa! [MUTED] It got violent, bro. We got to move.

[WIND ROARING]

[ENGINE WHIRRING]

Hey! Get on my left. Get on my left. Get on my left. Get on my left. Get on the left. Take the left. Take the left. Point it at the-- point it at. Drew. Take my left [INAUDIBLE] [MUTED]

[AUDIO OUT]

[INAUDIBLE] Hey, in here. In here. In here. [INAUDIBLE]

[ENGINE WHIRRING]

Large tornado and it just got big. Just got [MUTED] giant! Oh, [MUTED] out here! It's [MUTED] violent, bro! It just got large. I know, we got to get out of here.

[SCREAMING]

--right at us. Large, violent tornado, y'all. Get out of here, yo.

[HOOTING]

Large! Go, go, go! It's on [MUTED]. Get out here, y'all. Everybody [MUTED] here. Get out of the way. It's un-- [MUTED]. Go! Go! Coming right at us. Big tornado!

- Hey.

WESLEY JAMES JACKSON: Holy [MUTED] big tornado going right toward Crowell, bro! Everybody [MUTED]. Oh, my God! Another [MUTED] tornado! Oh, [MUTED] we got to get out of here! It's going straight forward to Crowell. Oh, [MUTED]. We got to get out here.

[ENGINE WHIRRING]

We got to get out of here.

- [INAUDIBLE]

WESLEY JAMES JACKSON: Whoa! [INAUDIBLE]

[WIND HOWLING]

[SCREAMING]

[WIND HOWLING]

- [INAUDIBLE]

WESLEY JAMES JACKSON: Oh, [MUTED]! Holy [MUTED], yo! Holy [MUTED]. This tornado been right in front of us. We got more. Holy [MUTED]. We are on this, yo!

[AIR WHOOSHING]

Another. Another tornado right here. Right here, y'all. Big, big tornado. [MUTED] big tornado on the ground going to the south of Crowell. Another big, big tornado right now. Big tornado. [INAUDIBLE] right now. Going to the south of Crowell. It looks like it's dissipating now. This is the same. That's not-- that's not-- it's just all pulling in. This is insane. That was [MUTED] crazy. That was crazy!

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