Teen listening to loud music doesn't hear tornado that literally blew over him

rwiWyatt Schrepfer of Trinidad, Colorado, did not notice when a tornado snuck up on him, because he was playing loud music while mowing weeds on a tractor in his parents' driveway. "I had my headphones on," said Schrepfer, 18.

KRDO-TV, Colorado interviewed him here.

"It was coming in on my over my left shoulder so I didn't really see it."

"The hood of the tractor blew up and when I stood up to pull it back down, my hat flew off in the direction of the tornado, so I turned and saw it. My first reaction was to take cover."

The National Weather Service rated the tornado as an EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale--capable of producing winds of up to 110 miles per hour. One indication of its strength: broken power poles in the area.

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  1. Bloo says:

    Well add one more counter-example to "survival of the fittest" ... he didn't hear warning sirens either?

  2. What kind of suicidal idiot would listen to loud music while doing yard work, amirite? TEENS, AMIRITE?

    Come on, man, he was trying to drown out a lawnmower engine in an area that hadn't seen a tornado in 31 years. That's not stupid, that's just bad luck.

  3. And if he couldn't hear the tornado over the music, would he have heard it over the engine? Plus a lot of people wear ear protection when operating loud machinery, which would make it even tougher to hear.

  4. He wasn't smart enough to get out of mowing the lawn.

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