So this tornado was visible from here, but it was a good 15 miles away, so we were fine.
Look how it just stalled over the area:
There have been bigger tornadoes here (including just a couple miles from my house), but this one took everyone by surprise – it’s a landspout – my understanding is it started from the ground up and there was absolutely no warning and it just kept growing and it was soooo slow, I swear it sat in one spot for 5 or so minutes.
A landspout is a tornado with a narrow, rope-like condensation funnel that forms while the thunderstorm cloud is still growing and there is no rotating updraft – the spinning motion originates near the ground. Waterspouts are similar to landspouts, except they occur over water.
Damage assessments are ongoing – sounds like livestock and outbuildings so far.