Tourist Caught In Fierce Twister Records The Whole Terrifying Event

How did he stay calm enough to record it?

What would you do if you saw a tornado coming your way?


When we see tornado footage, it's usually by storm chasers and scientists who choose to put themselves in danger's path. 

This time, the roles were reversed when a tornado did the chasing. And the guy filming wasn't even a storm chaser. In fact, it was his first time being up close and personal with such an intense force of nature. 

North Carolina resident Sam Smith was en route to Indianapolis for business when he got caught in this fierce storm. 

While driving through Northern Illinois, he came face-to-face with a terrifying sight when a huge twister towered over the landscape and headed straight toward him.

He pulled out his iPhone and recorded the two minutes of terror.

On the video recording, you can hear Smith struggling to maintain his composure.

"It is coming right over the top of me and it's a little bit scary," he said. "I don't really know what to do except I guess sit here and maybe duck now." 

Considering there was flying debris, and the mirror on his shaking car was bending from the high winds, he stayed pretty calm. Maybe he was in shock. 

Hopefully, this is as close as you'll ever get to a tornado.

There is no truly safe option when in a car during a tornado, but there are some measures you can take to slightly reduce the danger.

Some vehicular tornado safety tips from the Norman, Oklahoma's Storm Prediction Center:

1. "If the tornado is visible, far away, and the traffic is light, you may be able to drive out of its path by moving at right angles to the tornado." 

2. "Seek shelter in a sturdy building, or underground if possible."

3. "If you are caught by extreme winds or flying debris, park the car as quickly and safely as possible -- out of the traffic lanes. Stay in the car with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows; cover your head with your hands and a blanket, coat, or other cushion if possible."

4. "If you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway, leave your car and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands." 

5. "Avoid seeking shelter under bridges, which can create deadly traffic hazards while offering little protection against flying debris."

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