Oklahoma EF-4 tornado stuns even storm chasers
MOORE, Oklahoma (WHDH) -- Storm chasers were all over this tornado outbreak. It was forecasted early, conditions were ripe and cameras were rolling.
It wasn’t just the sheer size of the tornado that had even storm chasers in awe and in fear - the sounds the twister was making were just as scary. People said they have never heard such an ear shattering howl.
As people took cover in Moore, Oklahoma, storm chasers followed the massive and deadly EF-4 tornado - but awe and excitement quickly turn to fear.
As cameras moved in debris could be seen swirling in the air.
Then the realization of danger set in, “Get out, we need to go, we need to,” they can be heard saying on the video.
From the air, the helicopter pilot for NBC’s affiliate in Oklahoma City described just how enormous the twister was as it moved through.
“At one point it was just so big. The wall cloud came all the way down to the ground. That debris wall, like Mike said, was two, two and a half miles wide and it was continuously trying to just rip and grind right through Moore,” said Jon Welsh, KFOR Chopper Pilot.
The choppers, though, couldn't stay in the air for long.
At one point, Moore became a no-fly zone because the noise made it difficult for rescue workers to hear the sounds of survivors.
The scariest sight, though, came from the ground.
After the twister broke apart, the same storm chasers went back to get video showing just the complete and utter devastation.
They hoped to help - but nothing was left.
People living there had about 16-minutes notice. Weather experts said while they've become better at determining when and where a storm will hit, but it's still very difficult to predict just how violent they will be.