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What it's like to have an EF5 tornado pass almost directly overhead

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Two days ago, as the 2013 Moore tornado struck Oklahoma, Charles Gifford sought refuge in a storm shelter. After he was safe inside, and with the door securely shut, Gifford poked his camera through a small hole, allowing him to capture this insanely up-close video of the 1.3 mile wide tornado.

This video shows how incredibly dangerous it is to be exposed to a tornado's churning debris field. There's all sorts of stuff flying around, blown by winds reaching 210 mph. At the 0:37 mark you can see an actual car tire whiz past. Wires can be heard snapping and massive branches can be seen coursing down the street.


The video is shown vertically because Gafford could only fit the camera through the hole at a vertical angle. He came out unscathed, but his neighbourhood was obviously severely damaged.

H/t Petapixel.