4 videos of Oklahoma tornado: Raw emotion as the monster forms
Monday's tornado that cut through Moore, Okla., was one of the worst tornadoes in history. It gutted the Oklahoma City suburb of 41,000, killing at least 24 people and injuring hundreds.
In an era of video and storm chasing, the twister was captured from a number of dramatic angles.
Four of those videos are included here. They not only show the intensity and destructive power of this tornado, but also capture the very real shock and emotion of those who were behind the camera.
Video below from storm chasers David Demko and Heidi Farrar is punctuated by their comments: "The sound of this thing!" "This is unbelievable." And repeated cries of "Oh my God."
"I've never seen a tornado this violent in my entire life," Demko says as their car is hit by chunks of debris.
"It's so big I can't fit the whole thing in my viewfinder," Farrar says.
Basehunters Chasing put the video below on YouTube with the posting: "We intercepted the tornado from within a half mile by South Moore High School. Complete destruction...prayers needed!" "I've never heard a roar like that before," says the cameraman. The crew visits a devastated area after the tornado passes: "Houses are completely leveled."
The cameraman doesn't speak in the eerie video below, although radio news can be heard in the background. In the video, taken from inside a car moving through a parking lot, the tornado is seen dropping delicately to the ground and then growing into a monster amid explosive-sounding wind.
Time-lapse video, below, shows the growth and path of the tornado, which cut a 20-mile scar into the landscape.
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