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Do NOT attempt: Man films tornado from front porch

Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 7:45 PM - A controversial new video on YouTube has sparked intense conversation online about the dangers of tornadoes and severe storms.

On Sunday, active weather tore through Tennessee, sparking a tornado in the community of Gray.

When severe weather strikes, it's imperative to seek shelter immediately -- but one man clearly didn't get the message.

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He filmed the tornado from his front porch as it swirled through his neighbourhood, just six metres in front of him.

"Tornado came through our neighborhood and went right between our neighbor's house and ours. Wind was blowing so hard the door wouldn't open," the person who uploaded the video says on YouTube.

"It knocked down all 3 trees in our backyard and threw an R.V. on top of a truck right behind us ... Also, that is a hot tub cover flying around."

"When thunder roars, go indoors" is a common saying among weather forecasters -- and for good reason. Tornadoes kill about 60 people a year in the U.S. alone.

Flying debris from severe storms is a real hazard and no video is worth putting safety at risk.


  • Should a tornado develop, seek underground shelter when possible -- preferably in a basement.
  • In the absence of an underground room opt for a windowless interior room or hallway on the lowest level of a solid building.
  • Never try to outrun a tornado.
  • Keep cell phone and/or battery-operated radio handy so you can keep on top of tornado watches and warnings.
  • DO NOT go outside if a tornado is imminent or occurring in your area.


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