Raw video: Tornado rages along the motorists in Germany
Motorists come dangerously close to the funnel as a powerful storm ripped through the Lower Rhine region of Germany.
Drivers unexpectedly drove right in the path of a raging tornado in Germany last week — and the terrifying incident was captured on video.
A video that has been circulating online shows two cars driving along a tree-lined road in Schwalmtal, Germany, when suddenly a tornado is shown. The trees are almost blown away in a powerful wind, that kick-up of dirt and dust.
The vehicles parked just in front of the tornado, which slowly inched closer. The tornado then “swallowed” the cars with the darkness.
Meteorologist Anton Seimon told National Geographic, the tornado is probably winding down by the time motorists reached, the estimate of wind were about 74 miles per hour at the time. The drivers did the right thing by slowing down and keeping distance, he added.
If you find yourself trapped by a tornado is at its highest intensity, however, Seimon recommend ditching the car and finding a safe space.
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“Exiting the vehicle and lying face down in the last place possible, such as a drainage ditch, it is [recommended] about trying to ride out the tornado in the vehicle,” Seimon told the publication, explaining that tornadoes are powerful enough to pick-up vehicles.
A tornado is a column of “rapidly rotating air that comes from a powerful, towering thunderstorms” also known as a supercell, Janice Dean, Fox News’ Senior Meteorologist, explained ahead of tornado season.
Tornadoes are often unpredictable.
While tornadoes are “spawned by strong thunderstorms, not all strong thunderstorms end to the forecasting of tornadoes,” Dean said.
The tornado struck several towns in west Germany last Wednesday, injuring at least two people and damaging several homes, Reuters reported.
Fox News’ Madeline Farber contributed to this report.