Tornado wedding pics panned
SASKATOON—Environment Canada officials aren’t exactly jumping for joy about some unusual wedding photos making the rounds on the Internet.
On the weekend, professional photographer Colleen Niska was on a rural Saskatchewan road taking pictures of a young bride and groom when a tornado appeared in the dark, stormy sky behind them.
Environment Canada confirms two tornadoes touched down in the area Saturday afternoon.
Spokesman Mike McDonald called the photo shoot very risky.
He said people who see a tornado should have the sense to get into a sturdy shelter.
“It concerns us a lot,” McDonald stressed.
“These tornadoes can be very erratic in their motion and I know with social media, people want to get out there, take pictures of it [because] it is a spectacular sight to see.
“If you’re close to tornadoes, these things can move in opposite directions in a short period of time,” he warned.
“And if you have nowhere to get to, it can be very dangerous.
“Not just the actual tornado, it is the debris spun around,” McDonald stressed.
Niska, meanwhile, has said she’s been inundated with requests for interviews from reporters around the world.
“I’ve dreamed about a day like this,” she said on her Facebook page after posting the photos.
“Pretty sure this will only happen once in my lifetime!”
As for the wedding, the windy weather blew down a tent at the reception but the rest of the outdoor party was said to be a success.