Church Security Camera Captures What It’s Like to Be Inside a Tornado

Want to see what it’s like to be inside a tornado? Check out this eye-opening footage captured by a security camera at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Tupelo, Mississippi. Things go from relative calmness to chaos and destruction in a matter of minutes.

The April 28th tornado ended up flinging trees everywhere, ripping up much of the playground, and doing massive amounts of damage to the church itself (it could take up to two years for the building to reopen).

This isn’t the first time a camera has captured a direct hit from a tornado. Just last year, we shared imagery captured from stormchasers who intentionally drove their tank-like vehicle into the middle of an EF4 tornado. There was also some up-close footage captured by a man who stuck his cell phone’s camera through a little gap in his storm shelter.

  • OtterMatt

    Why the hell are there STILL CARS DRIVING BY AS TREES ARE BEING RIPPED OUT OF THE GROUND (1:45 or so)?! Some people really are too stupid to live, it seems. :

  • Roger Dodger

    Note to self: make my next house out of a playground.

  • Ítalo Brito

    Today I learned the world becomes black and white when a tornado hits.

  • MEEfO

    Kill Bill style

  • Matt King

    Anybody else see that explosion at 3:33? I’m not sure if it was a lightning or a power flash, but it was powerful enough to kick everything up off the ground for a moment.

  • photosforus

    Really though? What would you do? Stop?

  • TomasF

    Kudos to the guy who mounted the security camera. Rock solid job!

  • Justin Sheely

    I think I’ll be looking for the nearest playground if I see a tornado.

  • Jason Dunn

    Hell of an endorsement for the maker of that playground.

  • Jake

    The Three Little Pigs should have thought of that.

  • SiriusPhotog

    Most color security cameras switch over to B&W when gained up in low light. The only reason it started out in color was because there was still enough light to keep it in color mode.

  • RonT

    Hah, the awesome power of nature is nothing compared to the power of the playground! The playground laughs at you nature!

    More seriously, very interesting and some small insight into the forces at work (we don’t get tornadoes here)

  • Rob Sellers

    Must have had a gay congregation *sarcasm* …But of course they are all thanking the lord that no one was injured.

  • OtterMatt

    Find shelter, get in a ditch, look up and realize that a TORNADO is coming and I shouldn’t be outside, just about anything but drive slowly onward.

  • Zos Xavius

    Playground: 1
    Tornado: 0

  • guido

    Am I the only one thinking why there’s a camera pointing down at a children playground directly from a church… ? :D

  • OtterMatt

    Probably. Most people go to quite a lot of effort to ensure that kids in their care are safe.

  • guido

    Oh thanks, I couldn’t imagine that (yes Sheldon, that’s sarcasm… )

  • Don Tusk

    The lords greatest creation

  • Woody ONeal

    Lt. Dan was on top of that playground, “YOU CALL THIS A STORM?”

  • Lukas Prochazka

    That is so ironic that in USA playgrounds are made better than real houses. I dont know if a brick made house would made it but probably so if playground

  • Socaltyger

    I’m strapping myself to the fence next time.

  • spandrelmatic

    It’s a Wizard of Oz thing.

  • Jim Johnson

    The camera was attached to a building, so obviously the building was still standing.

    Sorry to kill your America bashing buzz.

  • Jim Johnson

    Yeah, you could see the Infrared LEDs reflecting the debris close up.

  • Maggie

    It’s probably the church’s playground, and they like to ensure the safety of the children playing on it…dee dee dee.

  • Maggie

    lol, just picking :D

  • Lukas Prochazka

    Noooooooo, that’s not true, that’s impossible…