Storm Story Sunday 11-19-17 - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

Storm Story Sunday 11-19-17

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WSIL -- November can be a busy month for severe weather, and News 3's Weather Warrior Tony Laubach remembers major chase in Kansas with a mile-wide tornado.

Here's his account:

My final chase in the November trio was two years ago on what ended up being the largest single tornado outbreak that far west in the month of November.

I drove out from Illinois the night before and was targeting southwest Kansas.  I ended up getting on a storm at birth just south of the Kansas border in the Oklahoma Panhandle.

The storm went from sprinkles to golfball sized hail in 15 minutes as it moved into Kansas.

With less than 30 minutes before dark and me wondering if I would get any daytime show, that storm caught it's spin, and dropped a massive tornado a couple miles northeast of Liberal.

This tornado would track 51 miles over 78 minutes, at one point having two tornadoes at the same time after dark.  The big one was rated EF-3, doing sporadic damage, including flipping a semi truck.

A couple days later in Illinois, I would chase the cold side of this same storm system, getting into an intense snowstorm near Utica.  A perfect transition into my winter time chasing.

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