Wild Video From Inside A Tornado… Are They Alive?!




 
 
For a lot of people, there is nothing scarier than a tornado. There’s really no defense against the massive storms except maybe top-notch civil engineering and evacuation. Depending on its power, a tornado will destroy everything in its path.

In case you haven’t realized by now, it’s a very bad idea to run towards a tornado.

Still, there are many thrill seekers and filmmakers who want to get as close to a tornado as they can. To do this, they create heavy-duty, custom vehicles that can stand up to the high winds of a tornado. Two of the flagship storm-chasing vehicles are the Tornado Intercept Vehicle 1 (TIV 1) and Tornado Intercept Vehicle 2 (TIV 2).

This is what the TIVs look like. They started as Ford trucks and turned into storm fortresses.

 
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Both vehicles were conceived by filmmaker Sean Casey and designed to film with an IMAX camera within or very close to a tornado. Below is a test video shot from inside the TIV as they drove straight toward a violent wedge tornado in Kansas.

Before the winds ripped the instruments off the roof of the vehicle the winds were registering at 150 to 175 miles per hour.




 
 

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