Canada tornado: Alberta lawn-mowing man defies twister

A picture of a man in Canada calmly mowing his lawn with a menacing tornado swirling in the background has gone viral on social media.

Theunis Wessels was “fully aware” of the twister but “wasn’t worried at all”, his wife Cecilia, who took the photo, told the BBC.

She said the tornado was about 2km (1.25 miles) from their house in Three Hills, Alberta – much further away than it appeared in the photo.

The storm was quickly gone, she added.

Mrs Wessels told the BBC she was sleeping in the house on Friday – but then was woken by her nine-year-old daughter who was concerned that her father would not abandon his lawn-mowing and hide inside from the tornado.

“My daughter was the most upset, saying ‘Mum, what we gonna do?'”

Mrs Wessels came outside to check on her husband, who continued mowing.

He said “Everything is OK,” and he looked “calm, in control,” she recollected.

She added that he had some knowledge about twisters as he had recently attended a seminar organised by a storm-chasing association.

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