Last night we set a record for the most tornadoes in a single evening in Texas... so I read somewhere. Twelve total with four just in my county (five depending on who you are asking), including this mile wide monster that spawned over our heads and soon landed just east of us. (not my pic, credits are included when known) Lucky photographer caught this epic shot from the south side. Tornados are unusual this time of year, let alone in this quantity or magnitude. We had warning so when the winds here went 0-70 mph in 30 seconds we were prepared. Or so I thought, until I saw rabbit cages go flying across the yard. They were empty, but landed in one of the rabbit pens on top of the buns. Behind me a neighbor's 10x10 dog kennel was sent through a fence and into her back door. The fence is destroyed... however the heat lamps inside the kennel are perfectly fine without a single crack. Then the texts started rolling in from friends who are with the fire departments and emergency management. The monster that went over us had just leveled Haliburton, and reports of a huge chemical spill were coming in. Haliburton had closed up shop a month ago so we weren't sure how that'd happen but who knows what they store at those places. Damage reports started coming out, a house completely trashed not too far from my in-laws. A train derailed about 20 miles further. Power outages all over. We got lucky on this one. I have some freaked out rabbits and dogs, some downed limbs out front, few new dents in the cages, but otherwise we're untouched. His family all lived along the path it took but no one got anything worse than some random wind damage. I think they all have their power back on now though I know around 800 a little to their east are still in the dark. The chemical spill turned out to be a big natural gas leak, not the "radioactive material" some people were tweeting about. And of course, the bacon is safe. And going in the smoker now. The craziest part is... we're used to these things out here, but generally you go out the next day to clean up and it's all sunshiny and warm. Right now? Snowing, sleeting, and freezing. Photos come from friends, storm chasers, and me.