This afternoon has seen the first major storm cycle of the season in North Texas and the Dallas-Fort Worth area, with multiple tornadoes touching down around the Metroplex.
Texas Rangers catcher Mike Napoli just so happened to be in the right place at the right time, as he departed the Ballpark at Arlington and looked above him to see a huge, rotating funnel cloud just above the ballpark.
Thinking quickly, Napoli pulled out his phone and took the following 1:45 long video of the funnel cloud and posted it to Twitvid (warning– it’s semi-NSFW, so put on the ol’ headphones):
I, personally, wouldn’t have had the cojones to stand there and video a swirling wall cloud right above me, and I grew up smack dab in the middle of the Tornado Belt in the Texas Panhandle.
It’s been a scary day for folks across North Texas, as a reported 35,000 people are without power, and tractor trailers and eighteen-wheelers have been seen throughout the area overturned on their sides after being tossed aside by heavy straight-line winds.
Storm reports began around 1 pm central time and have extended all the way to 4 central, as the powerful storms rumble across the Dallas/Ft.Worth area and move into the eastern reaches of Dallas county.
I’m sure the Rangers brass won’t be as impressed with Mike Napoli’s video as I am, and I can’t really blame them.
The moral of the story:
Be safe, not sorry.
More articles about the violent storms in North Texas:
Tornadoes touch down across North Texas: http://bit.ly/HdOw1v
NPR’s Storify Timeline on the Texas Tornadoes: http://n.pr/HlJptX
Tornadoes slam Dallas-Fort Worth area: http://usat.ly/HQlYyl