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The most insane up-close video of a tornado you'll ever see

An EF3 tornado, caught on a dash cam, wreaks destruction in Nebraska.
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An EF3 tornado, caught on a dash cam, wreaks destruction in Nebraska.

Even the best storm chasers would struggle to obtain footage as up-close as this.

Forget Reed Timmer and his armoured truck*: It seems that all you need to get some of the most incredible, and harrowing up-close tornado footage is a well placed dash cam and a sprinkling of 'luck', if you want to call it that. Having a powerful tornado pass as close as this is not something that any sane person would want happening to them, and although hundreds of homes were damaged or destroyed, thankfully nobody was injured or killed by this particular event.

Garner Industries, which owned the 115,000 square foot building seen in the video, has had to lay off 62 people as a result of the damage. 70 people were inside the building at the time it was hit by the tornado.

The tornado in question was rated as an EF3 on the Enhanced Fujita scale (136-165mph wind speeds), and travelled through Lincoln, Waverly and up into Elkhorn and Bennington in Nebraska. The damage caused rather puts into perspective what higher speed EF4 and EF5 tornadoes would be capable of.

2024 has been one of the most prolific tornado seasons on record for the US, with over 500 events being recorded since April. While this still falls behind 2011, which recorded an incredible 1200 events in a similar time frame, and 2019, which recorded 800, there's still plenty of time to go with May often being the most active month.

H/T Petapixel

*Though, to be fair, Dr Timmer will tend to intercept a lot more than one per season....

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