SA man in Canada calmly mows his lawn during a tornado

2017-06-05 20:15

Cape Town - A South African-born man now living in Canada has set social media alight after a picture of him emerged where he calmly mowed his lawn while a huge tornado was spinning in the background. 

His wife told the BBC that Theunis Wessels was aware of the tornado which was about 2km from his house and "wasn't worried at all". 

On her Facebook account, Cecilia Wessels posted a picture of her husband mowing the grass with the words: "My beast mowing the lawn with a breeze in his hair."

Cecilia was woken by her seemingly "upset" daughter, 9, who was concerned by the fact that her father was not running for cover from the raging tornado. 

After rushing out to see what her daughter was worried about, her husband told her that "everything is OK", according to BBC

Cecilia took a picture of her husband and sent it to her parents who are in South Africa. She told the Times Colonist that "I literally took the picture to show my mum and dad in South Africa, 'Look there's a tornado,' and now everyone is like, 'Why is your husband mowing the lawn?'"

One Facebook user, who commented on a BuzzFeed article, said that although the tornado didn't pose much threat as it was moving away, Theunis "was in grave danger" from lightning.

"One can tell when one is in danger from a very visible tornado like that, especially when it is clearly moving away. But at the same moment he was in grave danger from lightning while pushing the hunk of metal on the ground. That's way riskier (sic)."

According to the BuzzFeed, the family moved to Canada from South Africa seven years ago, and that the adventurous Theunis has attended a seminar led by Tornado Hunters' Greg Johnson. 

Another Twitter user jokingly said: "Nothing stops a Canadian from mowing his lawn."

News24 couldn't immediately reach the family for comment. 

Read more on:    canada  |  tornado

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Play with your pet when you're not at home

Many pets are alone at home during the week while their owners are at work. So what do these animals get up to while they’re home alone?

 
 

Paws

How to get rid of fleas
12 Cool cat facts
Chocolate can be fatal for dogs
Spider-man star's adorable relationship with his dog
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.