Arizona man captures tornado on camera

With almost everybody carrying a smart phone these days, we are used to seeing a lot of videos of tornadoes and storms.

Though it's not often that we see tornadoes over the desert. One valley man captured a rare tornado just over the Arizona border in California.

He's from Mesa and says he witnessed tornadoes before in places like Oklahoma, but on Tuesday afternoon he saw something so remarkable, that for a moment he did not know where he was.

"I've never seen a tornado in Arizona," said Aaron Trail.

But he's in Arizona anymore, he's not in Kansas either.

"I knew I wasn't in Kansas, or seeing Dorothy and her little dog either," he said.

Trail took the video on the way back to Arizona. The twister touched down near Desert Center, California, around 50 miles west of the border along the Interstate 10.

"I think I'm documenting the first tornado in the Arizona desert," said Trail on the video.

"I was so shocked, I thought I was in the middle of the Arizona desert, and it was actually on the California side," he said.

The EF-0 Tornado caused little damage, but it is rare according to the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center.

"It was classified as an EF-0, the weakest tornado that we can experience," said Valerie Meyers with the NWS.

California gets around 10 tornadoes a year. 

"When you are talking about a tornado, that is just a violently rotating storm," she said.

"It's massively huge, it looks like a big, gigantic building out in the middle of the desert, it's almost like a Hollywood movie," said Trail.

It's not Arizona, Kansas, or a Hollywood set, just mother nature once against causing those around to stop and awe.

"It's an actual tornado because it's clear up in the clouds," said Trail on the video.

No one was injured, but the twister did damage some solar panels at a nearby solar power plant. 
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