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.”