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Published June 05, 2013, 06:05 PM

18-year-old recorded tornado after no warnings

Colfax, ND (WDAY TV) - You can be sure of one thing today: talk in and around Colfax, North Dakota involved more than cursing the rain.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Colfax, ND (WDAY TV) - You can be sure of one thing today: talk in and around Colfax, North Dakota involved more than cursing the rain.

At the Haverland family farm there, shop talk was about the tornado caught on camera.

Grant Haverland, Photographed Tornado: “It was pretty much right over there, that shelter belt.”

It has been a pretty historic week for Grant Haverland of rural Colfax. The 18-year-old just graduated from high school and he just saw and documented his first tornado.

Haverland: “We were in the field doing work and the sun came out all of a sudden storms starting popping up and we had to come home and bring her home.”

He and the other Haverlands were out doing field work. When…

Haverland: “This thing popped out of nowhere really.”

The tornado was just a mile away, scary.

Haverland: “When I first saw it, it was not too big but then it grew. And we thought maybe we should get in the house.”

Minutes after the tornado, the Haverlands sent the photo to a friend who is a spotter, that spotter contacted the weather service, still no warning.

Haverland: “It was dark, a funnel. It was skinny and then it grew.”

As this image shows us, the red and the green, there was circulation. But it is being called a "weak tornado" that escaped detection, by everyone, except an 18-year-old who not only discovered and watched the tornado, but recorded it, and gives farmers one more thing to talk about while they wait to dry out.

There were no damage reports from that tornado. A few branches down in one yard is all.

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