Storm-chasing Drone Captures Amazing Tornado Video
Tornados are a frighteningly regular occurrence in Oklahoma, USA, with an average of 52 per year. But it’s not often that you get close-up drone footage showing one wrecking havoc across the countryside of the southern United States.
Storm chaser Brandon Clement of WxChasing was determined to make that happen, flying his 4K camera drone close to a rolling tornado that had descended on Sulphur, Oklahoma. At 4-minutes long, this video shows the drone approaching the large tornado as it tears through an empty field, dwarfing trees and parked trucks.
A narrowing plume of dense and deadly grey, the tornado then proceeds to career through small woodlands and over lakes as the drone follows with dedication. Towards the end of the video, the tornado begins to thin, before dispersing into the mist.
Clement is a field correspondent and producer at Weather Nation TV, a North American channel focusing exclusively on the weather. WxChasing are self-described as “chasing mother nature’s fury,” with their captivating footage featured across worldwide news outlets and numerous talk shows. As seen on their Instagram page, WxChasing travel across the whole of the United States to capture terrifyingly breathtaking footage of storms and severe weather incidents.
Tornadoes are often featured, with the state of Oklahoma being in the infamous Tornado Valley, as well as South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, northern Texas, and eastern Colorado. According to National Geographic, tornadoes cause around 80 deaths per year in the USA, and more than 1,500 injuries.