Amazing Tornado Video in Texas

WFAA-TV in Dallas, TX received video from a viewer of  a tornado heavily damaging a building in Rice, TX. You can find the video here:

http://www.wfaa.com/video/featured-videos/Caught-on-tape-Tornado-touchdown-in-Rice-105647538.html

Frankly, I don’t know if this person pulled off to the side of the road to avoid the twister or was seeking it out. If the former, then that was an awfully close call. If the latter, then that was an awfully close call that probably should have been avoided. This person is lucky they were safe enough to provide the video (haven’t read anything about injuries or damage).

I’m not 100% sure if this is the same storm or not, but a quick search of YouTube, provides this video(not quite as dramatic) from a much safer location of the tornado:

Here’s another shot of the tornado (and an example of a place you should NEVER shelter…under an overpass:

And one final one:

Edit to add: I just found this late this evening…also some pretty sick video from storm chaser Shane Adams: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=169702366373435

According to the Storm Prediction Center, so far only four reports of tornadoes from today’s storms, but nearly 70 hail reports and 35 wind damage reports.

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RICE NAVARRO TX 3223 9650 TORNADO DAMAGED HIGH SCHOOL IN RICE. REPORTS OF MULTIPLE INJURIES AND PEOPLE TRAPPED IN CARS. TIME ESTIMATED. (FWD)
2314 1 NNW MOUNT VERNON FRANKLIN TX 3319 9523 BRIEF TOUCH DOWN OF TORNADO CONFIRMED BY SHERIFF. (SHV)
2330 3 N MOUNT PLEASANT TITUS TX 3321 9498 TWO BRIEF TORNADO TOUCH DOWNS AROUND FM 1896 AND HWY 271 WITH TREES DOWNED. (SHV)
0024 MOUNT PLEASANT MAURY TN 3555 8719 TRAINED SPOTTER REPORTED A RAIN-WRAPPED, ALBEIT WELL-DEFINED TORNADO, VISIBLE DURING LIGHTNING FLASHES, DUE WEST OF THE MAURY COUNTY AIRPORT IN MOUNT PLEASANT. (OHX)
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