Some scary videos of the tornados in Arkansas, Mississippi

I decided to look around for videos of the horrific storms that hit Arkansas, Mississippi and a number of other states on Sunday and Monday.

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It’s hard to find original video, since everyone on YouTube just steals everyone else’s YouTube video (and reposts it with far worse quality). It’s not really clear why YouTube permits this. YouTube, which is owned by Google, has been hyper-vigilant about targeting pro-gay videos, but when it comes to people who obviously steal content left and right (it’s always the same YouTube users posting this stuff), YouTube seems to do nothing about it. I find that odd.

As an aside, I tried repeatedly to contact Google recently, through a number of their communications staff and employees on the inside, about them repeatedly taking down pro-gay videos on YouTube, and Google outright refused to even talk to me. I’ve never had a company simply refuse to respond when contacted with an obvious problem, especially one involving a civil rights issue.  It was pretty astounding, and really changed how I view the company.  There’s a hubris there, and an unwillingness to even help on, for example, gay rights – gay rights! – that’s rather chilling. And sad.

Anyway, here are some (I think) original videos I was able to find.

Here’s some scary footage of some storm chasters trapped in the middle of the Vilonia, Arkansas tornado that killed a number of people in the cars surounding them. (It’s not entirely clearly why the video isn’t longer – it seems to stop, and not because the storm stopped it.) It’s amazing that cars keep driving towards an obvious tornado crossing the road in front of them.

Drone video of the damage in Arkansas:

Video of a tornado crossing a highway in Mississippi:

ABC report on one Arkansas town that was destroyed:


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  • The_Fixer

    Oh No, Thank You!

  • Moderator3

    Got him. Thank you.

  • The_Fixer

    Moderator(s): Look at the comment history. Like the broken English wasn’t a dead giveaway :)

  • Kevin Prast

    Here in Charlotte NC we avoid the storm hardly any rain. But i had some rain in my house my plumbing broke sprayed out of my faucet hose every where luckly the plumber was close by and fixed me up great emergency plumbers will use again for sure.
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  • Peter

    Well, using their own argument against them, perhaps their sky god is angry with them for not supporting marriage equality and has shown them it’s wrath. Nah, this was just some natural disaster, not like those that they preach about.

  • The_Fixer

    I remember that, and they used that in our weather spotter training classes as an example of what not to do. They mention that those people were extremely lucky and note that 8 years llater, some people died trying to do the same thing. The National Weather Service specifically recommends against it.

    It depends upon the construction of the overpass, but what can happen is that the overpass and embankment can act as a venturi, and that can actually accelerate the winds. Other areas under the overpass that do not act as a venturi can collect debris moving at incredible speeds that can kill you.

    It’s amazing that those people survived. They just happened to pick a “lucky overpass” and got in exactly the right spot. They got doubly lucky because the tornado in question was a relatively weak one. The conventional advice of getting out of the car, and laying flat in a ditch, ravine or culvert if you can’t get access to a robust structure is the best advice. If the tornado is a distance away, it’s best to drive at a right angle to its path, in the direction that has the best visibility, if you can’t turn around – but again, only if it is a distance away. Never try to outrun a tornado. It’s common for a tornado to make a sudden “right turn” and change direction. Being close in that scenario can get very dangerously tricky very quickly.

    The National Weather Service has lots of good weather safety information about thunderstorms, tornadoes and flash floods right here.

  • The_Fixer

    Around here at the northern tip of Tornado Alley, it’s a big thing. Every year during Tornado Awareness Week, the TV stations have specials and even preempt some network shows to air them. You can’t escape it. And that’s a good thing.

    Of course you still have the occasional death. The one that stands out was a bedridden guy who was terminally ill, he could not escape as the tornado was ripping his house apart. He was in a rural area, and they found him after it had hit. He died in the hospital from the injuries he suffered during the tornado.

    But around here, that’s relatively rare. I think a lot of that has to do with the severity of the tornadoes here – EF0 to EF3 is what we usually get. Occasionally, we’ll see an EF4, but that’s not the usual case.

    But they do a pretty good job around here educating people, which helps. But you still have the occasional dunderhead who wanders outside when he hears the sirens to see what all of the commotion is about. It generally does not end well.

  • caphillprof

    Out in the plains, interstate highway exits are few and far between.

  • ComradeRutherford

    There was footage from decades ago of a tornado bearing down on cars on a highway. Everyone stopped at an overpass and climbed up the embankment to huddle under the road deck and the abutment. You can see the tornado down by their cars pass right over them, but they were all safe, crammed up in this corner. Amazing…

  • ComradeRutherford

    No wonder they call this area the Bible Belt. They blame common weather phenomena on an invisible sky-spirit…

  • The_Fixer

    These were pretty strong tornadoes and unfortunately, more will happen as a result of climate change.

    I feel for the people who lived through these terrifying experiences, and wish the best for those whose family members did not live through them.

    I, too, am puzzled as to why people who have seen these things before continue to drive right at them. When it looks like it’s not moving, but only getting bigger, then it’s coming right at you! Don’t they teach that in school down there? You’d think that in the most tornado-prone parts of the country, this would be part of school classes. Tornadoes are part of life in certain parts of the country, safe avoidance behavior should be pounded into kids, year after year so that it’s never forgotten.

    Driving on an Interstate highway presents special challenges. When looking at the first video, I never saw an exit. Time to pull over and let it pass.

    This is really sad.

  • Tina C

    These images bring back a lot of pain and fear…I’m a resident of Joplin, MO and we’re still recovering from the tornado in May, 2011. We were driving on one of the main roads and had to stop as the tornado was crossing right in front of us, (about four blocks away.) The air all around our car turned black. Grateful that we were stopped and not further down the road! We took refuge in the convenience store where we had to stop driving. Really scary stuff.

  • Jimmy

    I lived through hurricanes in Florida as a child but my two close calls with Tornadoes are the most frightening experiences of my life so far. One came very close to my parents house, wiping out wooded area on our land, and the second was from distance while on the school bus. Shared shitless both times.

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