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5/07/2014

Woman captures Chillicothe fire tornado in Instagram photo


Check out this image of a fire tornado that Instagram user Janae Copelin captured near Chillicothe, Mo.
These fire tornados can form when intense heat combines with high winds.Copelin, who goes by the Instagram user name nicejalapeno, captured the image about a mile north of 190 Highway on Saturday, May 3rd.
Copelin said she was heading out for a day in St. Joseph, Mo., with her daughter and a friend when she saw the flames.
"Thanks to my love of Instagram I chose to drive by and as I stopped to take a picture the wind whipped up the fire into this funnel," Copelin said in an email to KMBC 9 News.  "The sound and heat were intense and a bit scary not knowing if it would stay put, but it only lasted a couple minutes."
There were no reports of injuries from the incident.
Thanks to nicejalapeno for letting us use this picture on our website and on KMBC 9 News!  Don't forget to check out KMBC's own Instagram page by clicking this link.

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