Man witnesses massive tornado

Posted at 7:48 AM, Jun 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-08 07:56:13-04

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Grand Forks County Wednesday afternoon.

Not long after, a local farmer found himself only a few hundred feet away from a massive tornado and was able to capture amazing video of what he saw.

"When I was coming down the road, I thought it was going to turn back. It looked like it was going to turn back at me," said Farmer Jesse Bye.

Bye says he was only a football field's length away, in the middle of spraying corn when he saw the twister.

"This one kept getting bigger and bigger. And just kept getting darker and darker as it moved across the fields."

Bye says that thankfully, the tornado was not very destructive.

"It was just like a vacuum cleaner sucking up the dirt."

Bye stayed in his truck until he watched the tornado dissipate to the northeast.

"Probably got lucky it didn't go through a farm, or anything, or go through town. When I went to town to pick up my dad I saw the kids were leaving one of the ball parks."

A release from the service stated a confirmed tornado was observed a little after 1 p.m. near Hatton, N.D., about 26 miles southwest of Grand Forks. The funnel was reported by the service as nearly stationary in the sky and is expected to remain near the rural areas of southeast Grand Forks county.

No injuries or damage were reported.