Last month a tornado outbreak visited death and destruction across multiple states in the nation’s midsection. Security camera footage just release by a homeowner in Illinois whose house was destroyed captures the destruction as it happens.
Over 100 tornadoes spanning seven states were reported on November 17. While the actual number of twisters was likely lower due to duplicates, it was an extraordinary tornado outbreak, particularly given how late in the year it occurred.
The tornado that struck Washington, IL on that fateful day has been determined to be an EF-4 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale.
Packing winds between 170 and 190 mph, the twister tore through the landscape damaging or destroying as many as 500 homes. One person was killed, dozens injured.
The imagery following the event showed entire city blocks leveled. Homes and businesses were reduced to nothing more than raw, broken building materials.
This week a YouTube user by the name of ‘athlon770’ released security camera footage of the event.
From four different cameras , the video shows exterior views as the tornado approaches and the wind starts throwing debris. In the climax, the inside of the home virtually explodes as it takes a direct strike from the twister.
Following the video, the user adds still photos of the aftermath. It is truly a devastating scene.