Step one when spotting a tornado: Get out your camera

It's no surprise that the one serious injury reported as the result of five tornados that touched down in Colorado yesterday involved a man trying to take pictures of the storm. Capturing video images of natural disasters now challenges seeking cover as a first reaction for folks witnessing severe weather. As evidence, note that there are well over a dozen clips on YouTube this morning related to the spring-weather turmoil in the area. The one above features some of the best narration I found, with a siren in the background adding a nice touch of drama.

Click "Continue" to see another video -- this one featuring vivid post-havoc footage at Southlands Mall. Fortunately, the damaged objects in the foreground are all things, not people.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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