Tornado Near El Paso

Almost out of nowhere, a tornado formed in Woodford County Wednesday afternoon.

The National Weather Service issued a Tornado Warning around 2:00 p.m. after the funnel was reported by spotters near El Paso. The warning was allowed to expire by 2:39 p.m. A debris field was visible in a field for 3-4 minutes before the tornado dissipated. No damage was reported. 

The tornado seemed to take everyone by surprise, as there was no prior indication that severe activity was brewing.

"At first, I thought, 'That's a weird way for smoke to be coming up from a fire.' Then I was like, 'That's not a fire, that's a tornado,'" said Joe, who called 1470 & 100.3 WMBD after he spotted the twister from his car on I-39.

NWS officials say it was a landspout tornado. Landspouts, which are usually relatively weak, are not associated with wall clouds and generally don't show up on radar. The NWS says they are essentially the land-based equivalents of waterspouts, hence the name. 

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