Tornado Comes by Us [VIDEO]


I took this footage on Tuesday, February 5, 2008. This was the first of many tornadoes in the area. The National Weather Service has determined that this was an EF-2 tornado. Some of my other video footage of this same twister has been airing on WMC-TV all evening.

UPDATE #1: I just sold the rights to another video of this tornado to CNN. It’s very similar to this clip and is on TV now.

UPDATE #2: NBC also bought one of my video clips of this twister. Look for it on all the NBC properties.

UPDATE #3: Look for my work on Current TV.

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Clif Mims is a Christian, husband, father, teacher, cancer warrior, and fan of the Mississippi State Bulldogs and Memphis Grizzlies.

21 thoughts on “Tornado Comes by Us [VIDEO]”

  1. Clif, that was so cool. I hope you did not have damage. Oxford had some tornado damage, as well. We miss you here. Hope you and your family are doing well and classes are good. Are you doing much writing? We need to collaborate on an article.

  2. Clif, you freelancer videographer you!! Hope you were all fine. We were in the middle of it before we knew it and seeing your footage now gives me the perspective as to why the sky became dark so quickly and why I didn’t get to see it coming like they show it in the movies.

  3. Wow, that is unbelievable! I got home just before the sirens started going off yesterday. Then my husband, dogs, and I waited while watching Dave Brown. We were lucky that it hit south & north of us. This morning on my way in to work, I ended up driving down Winchester until it was blocked off (just past Kirby) & then I got on Raines. There were trees down, roofs damaged, fences down, office buildings gutted. It was scary. My thoughts & prayers are with all of the people who have been affected by the storms.

    Good footage, Dr. Mims. I had no idea you could sell your home videos to CNN & NBC!

  4. It’s good to hear everyone is well. I rushed to Union University where my two children attend college. On the way, I was able to speak with them and knew they were safe. I did have to sneak by the police to get to my daughter. She was very scared and the first policeman offered to take me to jail. My son was out helping other students, but we were able to locate both and get them off of campus. Their cars only have minor damage and Rachel’s dorm and items are probably not salvageable. I have to commend the students and staff for knowing what to do in such an event where no one was seriously harmed.

  5. Wow! You’re so brave! You’re a star! I want your autograph! I’m glad all is well. You can go on the show tornado catchers!

  6. Oh my. I am glad that you and your family are ok. I can’t believe that that is your footage. I have been seeing it all over the place! What area do you live in?
    I was so scared last night. On channel 3 they were showing the tornado from the Live Hilton camera on top of the Hilton Hotel. I think it was the tornado that hit Desoto county and the airport. It was so big! You could see it swirling and you could also see things exploding (i guess power lines) underneath it. There were huge flashes of light where it was hitting. It was scary to say the least. What was even scarier was that as I was watching, the news guys were saying it was headed towards midtown. Luckily it went the other way. I am glad it was not worse and I am thinking about the people that lost loved ones last night.

  7. Wow! That is incredible! I am so scared of tornados. I am so glad that you all are OK! I posted a link to our blog so that others can see it. check it out –

  8. Garrett, Rick, and …,

    The local TV networks were announcing that the National Weather Whatever Their Name Is was seeking photos and video of the tornadoes and storms because so many hit all at once. I uploaded some of my video to my favorite local TV station’s website to help out never thinking it would be aired. They quickly began showing it. Within a few hours the networks began contacting me through the local network. It was a total fluke as I had no idea that this sort of thing could even happen. Perhaps I’ll begin a career as a freelancer… hahaha.

  9. Clif, my first reaction is wow, great footage, but perhaps I should first say that I’m glad you’re all OK. Good job selling your new media to the old media! I wonder how the weather affected yesterday’s vote.

  10. Clif,

    Did you shoot this from your home, or from somewhere else? I assume you and yours are all safe and well?

    I’m also interested in how you sold this to the news agencies. That’s very cool. How did that happen?


  11. Clif – so glad you and your family are safe! This was a big one! I dodged a few of these myself growing up in Oklahoma – they sure make you stop and think about what’s precious in life. My best to your family!

  12. Clif…How did you go about selling your video to those stations? Did you call them, or did they call you?

    Robert Garrett

  13. I live in Cordova at the edge of Shelby Farms. I saw the back edge of this cloud as it moved past my house…and let me say…it was moving! The second tornado came closer to me…to close actually. I thought the roof was coming off of the house as I hid in a small interior room of my house that is about 3 ft x 4ft with a friend and my two huge dogs. A tight fit to say the least!

  14. Amazing! I hope you were capturing it as it was leaving your area and not as it was coming towards you! This was the first tornado watch/warning where I actually got in the closet and took cover.

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