Horrific video of a tornado up close in Australia yesterday (video)

There’s a horrific video of a tornado that happened in Perth, Australia yesterday (Thursday).  I’ve posted it below.

I love tornadoes. I grew up with them in Illinois, and they’ve always fascinated me. I get it, they’re destructive – I don’t love them hurting people, but I find them absolutely fascinating. So I’ve watched a lot of tornado videos in my life, and lived through a lot of tornado warnings as a kid. This is definitely one of the better videos I’ve seen.

The tornado happened in Perth, Australia, yesterday.

RESIDENTS have told of their terror after tornadoes with wind speeds of up to 254km/h smashed Victoria’s northeast, leaving 20 people injured including two critically….

One man was filling his car with petrol in Euroa when a tornado caused the Shell service station to collapse.

“The tornado came to my car – I actually thought it was going to pick my car up,” the man, Daniel, told 3AW.

“I was stuck inside the car outside the actual service station, and everything around me just collapsed on top of my car”.

He’s lucky.  The tornado that hit us in the Chicago area in 1967 threw 25-40 cards that were sitting at a stop light, killing 16 people.  We lived 9 blocks away, but fortunately the tornado was heading east, and we lived south.

It’s amazing to watch the tornado grow in just a few seconds.

I’d be curious what these guys were doing watching this thing – whether they pulled over for safety, or to watch the tornado. If they were just watching, well that clearly wasn’t the smartest move. (H/t David Mixner)

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