Our PrimeCutPro cameraman storm chaser intercepted a violent tornado in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on July 6, 2001. This was the first hand account of his day.
Hurricane force winds start forming over the beach tossing umbrellas and chaise lounges into the ocean. Being in the tornado environment, several windows of the building were blown out. The tornado moved slowly down the beach, alternately moving on and offshore several times, and causing significant damage, including blown-out windows, tipped-over buses, and damaged roofs and utility poles.
Watch the destructive aftermath here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJnocw1POUI
Thirty nine people received minor injuries from this tornado which was rated F2. Hail and supercharged lightening also thundered the sky, but our camerman remained focused on documenting one of 2001's most photogenic and destructive tornadoes!
A tornado is a violently rotating column of air that is in contact with both the surface of the earth and a cumulonimbus cloud or, in rare cases, the base of a cumulus cloud.
They are often referred to as twisters or cyclones, although the word cyclone is used in meteorology, in a wider sense, to name any closed low pressure circulation. Tornadoes come in many shapes and sizes, but they are typically in the form of a visible condensation funnel, whose narrow end touches the earth and is often encircled by a cloud of debris and dust. Most tornadoes have wind speeds less than 110 miles per hour, are about 250 feet across, and travel a few miles before dissipating. The most extreme tornadoes can attain wind speeds of more than 300 miles per hour , stretch more than two miles across, and stay on the ground for dozens of miles.