May 22, 2010: Bowdle, South Dakota Tornadoes - Jonathan Merage

On our second encounter we parked just north of Bowdle and watched in awe as the tornado-- now less than a mile away and at peak intensity--hit a farmstead and high-tension power lines. Large chunks of debris from the farm and trees were clearly seen hurtling around the base of the maxi-wedge which measured 3/4 of a mile wide! 6:35-7:35pm