Many people have seen the video; a tornado destroying the town of Henryville, IN. But for one group of storm chasers, had a completely different view of the storm.
“You can hear the sirens and how far out was this from getting to Henryville, between 2-3 minutes,” explained Bryan Kilgore of the BAM Tornado Chase Team.
The sirens had been going on for nearly a half hour and now the EF-4 tornado was about to strike. The team went from their position on the interstate and then moved south through town to avoid being hit.
“Very quickly things changed and it got very serious,” said Bryan. “We’re yelling out of our vehicle, ‘you’ve got to get inside now.’ We’re yelling as we were driving through the town.”
That`s because people were outside looking to the skies.
“We literally watched the debris around the tornado. We watched it rip the town. We watched the whole thing,” said Bryan.
But there was another storm on the way. One they couldn`t see on radar because communication was down.
“It was a supercell. There was strong low rotation, so we were watching and waiting but we didn`t know the latest that was going on.”
What it brought was hail that destroyed cars and added insult to injury to already demolished homes.
“We are all under a blanket inside of our car because we were afraid the hail would pound us in the head,” explained Bryan. “There was just no way out.”
That`s because the town around them was destoryed. A vision no one wants to see.
“You chase to chase tornadoes, that`s why you chase. You chase to get it on video. You don`t chase to see a town being devastated, that`s not the goal.”