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5 Crazy Close Encounters With Tornadoes

5 Crazy Close Encounters With Tornadoes

Each year hundreds of tornadoes touch down across the United States of America, some of us chase them, while others find themselves chased. With almost everyone now holding some form of video recording device on them, whether it be a mobile phone or an iPad, the amount of video footage of close encounters with tornadoes has become more and more common. Below are 5 incredible close encounters with tornadoes that have been captured on camera.

This first video happened recently in Illinois. Despite the 2015 tornado season getting off to a slow start with minimal activity, Illinois got the first taste of what 2015 can provide with a large EF-4 tornado, and 8 other tornadoes touching down in the state on April 9th. A man managed to capture his encounter with one of these tornadoes, while driving in his car. The individual, Sam Smith is recorded saying that he isn’t sure which way the tornado is going and is unsure of where to go. He decides to back up under an overpass for safety, and then records the tornado passing just in front of him. Despite what one thinks, hiding under an overpass is not a good idea.

The second video is probably one of the most iconic chase videos of all time. Filmed by Reed Timmer, before he became a household name thanks to Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers. At the time Reed was an inexperienced chaser and those chasing with Reed found themselves in a dangerous situation when they too decided to take shelter, outside of their car – under an overpass. The tornado they were filming was the notorious May 3rd 1999 F5 Moore tornado. They were lucky to make it out alive, and have since realized the errors they made that day.

Some years later, chasers Reed Timmer and Joel Taylor found themselves in a much more controlled, but still close encounter with a weaker, and more picturesque tornado. The couple of chasers managed to get themselves within 50 yards of the beauty, maintaining safe distance but still being able to witness the destructive power, as it uprooted trees and tore apart small structures alongside the road.

A fairly close encounter by chasers in South Dakota, who get a bit too close to a large tornado which eventually prompts a rather panic ridden series of BACK UPs. Despite the screams of the chasers who had clearly bitten more than they could chew, the crew manages to get themselves out of harms way as the large tornado crosses the road in front of them.

Unlike many of the other videos featured where the proximity to the tornado was not always a choice, and definitely not controlled. The video above shows some quality storm chasing, with the chaser always maintaining a safe distance from the tornado and ensuring that he knows the movement before chasing, as so the hunter does not become the hunted. This one is just pretty much how every storm chaser hopes his chase will go, close but not too close.

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