Canadian man mows lawn with tornado behind him

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Cecilia Wessels posted this June 2 photo to Facebook of her husband mowing the lawn with a tornado behind him. (Cecilia Wessels)

THREE HILLS, Alberta (AP/WOOD) — A photograph of a Canadian man mowing a lawn with a tornado swirling behind him has caused a bit of a storm on social media.

Cecilia Wessels snapped the picture of her husband, Theunis, on Friday as the twister passed near their home in Alberta.

She said cutting the grass was on her husband’s to-do list, and as he started the task, she went for a nap.

Wessels said she was woken by daughter who was upset that there was something like a tornado in the sky, but her father wouldn’t come inside.

“I did ask him if he was coming inside with that thing in the clouds when I turned to come inside and he calmly said no,” Cecilia Wessels said Sunday.

Theunis Wessels said the tornado was actually much farther away than it appears in the photo and it was moving away from them. He said he was keeping an eye on it.

Cecilia Wessels told 24 Hour News 8 they didn’t know it was a tornado until later. She said it’s the first time they’ve had such a close call.

No one was injured.

In a post on Facebook, Rockford native and ABC News’ chief meteorologist Ginger Zee says Canada has a tornado season that is usually later than the U.S., based on the jet stream.


— Associated Press writer Rob Gillies in Toronto contributed to this report.