Eye of tornado caught on film as storm rips through US trailer park

Oil workers record up close as twister destroys 15 trailers and injures nine

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 29 May, 2014, 10:29am
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 May, 2014, 5:57pm


Two American oil workers who got up close and personal with a tornado not only lived to tell the tale but managed to capture rare footage of the twister on film.

Abram Schiff sent a text message to neighbour Dan Yorgason on Monday evening to tell him that a storm was about to hit the trailer park where they are stationed in North Dakota.

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Expecting a refreshing summer shower, Yorgason, 44, walked outside to check to weather. That’s when he saw the tornado approaching rapidly from the west.

The pair took a quick look at the storm and, realising the impending danger to their lives, ran to a nearby truck. They drove around the side of the tornado and filmed as the storm destroyed a reported 15 trailers and injured nine people in an adjoining trailer park.

No deaths were reported but a 15-year-old girl is in critical condition and Yorgason admits the pair were lucky to survive.

“I was laughing a lot, but it was not because I thought it was funny. I was panicking,” he told the New York Daily News. “I knew I had to get out of there. You know how trailer parks are with tornados.”