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How close should you get to a tornado?

Lawnmower man Theunis Wessels was photographed in Alberta nonchalantly gardening as a tornado looms in the background. A stormchaser explains what makes a ‘safe’ distance from a twister
Theunis Wessels mows his lawn at his home in Three Hills, Alberta. Photograph: Cecilia Wessels/AP

A tornado touches down near Three Hills Alberta, and a flurry of footage appears online. But one photo goes viral: a man nonchalantly mowing his lawn as the twister apparently bears down on him.

“It looks much closer if you look in the photo, but it was really far away,” the lawnmower man in question, Theunis Wessels, told local media. “Well, not really far, far away ... I was keeping an eye on it

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