A scientist (Gerald McRaney) perfects a tornado-warning system and tries to convince residents of a nearby town that a deadly twister is approaching.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Jake Arledge
Dee Mazur
Kirt Reid
Mark Scott
Mayor McAnders
Blake Taylor ...
Rhiannon Benedict ...
Norma (as Valerie Wynne)
Pauline Broderick ...
Raimey Gallant ...
Onalee Ames ...
Mrs. Whiteson
Robert Huculak ...
Mr. Whiteson
Sheriff Miller (as Dave Brown)
Mariam Bernstein ...
Nancy Pat
Gordon Tanner ...
Stormchaser #1 (as Gord Tanner)


A scientist (Gerald McRaney) perfects a tornado-warning system and tries to convince residents of a nearby town that a deadly twister is approaching.

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It's the storm of the century. Only one man knows where it will strike... and they won't believe him!


Action | Drama


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Release Date:

13 September 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Opération tornades  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Smoke'n Bob's" Hot Dog cart, seen in one of the town scenes, is a dead giveaway for the Winnipeg shooting location. Also recognizable: the Garry Theatre. See more »


The notion of opening windows when a tornado approaches went out with the Eighties. There is no way a tornado expert like Dr. Arledge would be advising to do such a thing in 2002. See more »

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No different from a dozen others
26 February 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Another terrible made-for-TV disaster flick from director Tibor Takacs. This one starts out EXACTLY the same as another I saw, with a young girl losing her parents to a twister and then growing up to become a storm chaser some 20 years later, although - unsurprisingly - I can't remember the title of that previous film. They all roll into one anyway.

TORNADO WARNING might as well have been called 'Storm Chasers the Movie', because that's exactly what this is: a film that follows the adventures of various rival storm chasing groups as they attempt to tackle the big one. The running time is mixed between lame scenes of actors overacting and really low budget storm set-pieces. Needless to say, rubbishy-looking CGI is the order of the day here.

The cast is headed by various ageing actresses who once had fame in the likes of KNOT'S LANDING before being reduced to this level of fare. The performances are over the top and almost as unbelievable as the special effects. In the end, they roll out the old cliché of having a stuborn mayor refusing to cancel the annual town festival/fete/event/gathering, and suffering for it. Inevitably, TORNADO WARNING is a waste of time, a play-it-safe and completely forgettable TV movie of the week.

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