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This Is How It Feels To Take A Direct Hit From A Tornado

Storm chasers use heavily modified trucks called tornado intercept vehicles, or TIV-2 for short, that are designed to withstand whatever the weather throws at it. This is what it's like to be inside one during a seriously scary tornado.

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This footage is from a tornado that struck over eastern Smith County Kansas yesterday. Wind speeds are rated at 150 to 175 MPH, making this an EF3 or EF4 tornado.

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The footage inside the truck is truly amazing. It looks like the cone of the tornado goes right over the top of the truck, in a moment that would be pants-shittingly terrifying for an average person, and I'm sure pants-pissingly terrifying for even an experienced storm chaser.

(Hat Tip to Bill!)

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DarkGemini
DarkGemini

Highlights that I saw:
1:40 - World fastest squirrel. Poor little dude.

2:06 - Something glanced the windshield fast and hard enough to cause a sizable spark. O__O

Some say that the retractable spikes on the TIV2 helped keep it anchored, but I can't help to think that it might also have something to do with the sheer mass of the balls on these two.