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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.


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.


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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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.