An enormous and formidable tornado tore through buildings, unleashing chaos as debris soared into the air.
A resident captured the terrifying spectacle as the twister ravaged the neighbourhood, the camera rolling from within the safety of a gated property.
Another video, filmed from a nearby car park, documented the tornado’s path of destruction as it twisted through the area, mercilessly shredding buildings.
These harrowing videos quickly gained traction on social media, amassing 114,000 and 980,000 views respectively.
The heart-stopping scenes unfolded in Greenwood City and Stones Crossing, located approximately five miles apart in Johnson County, Indiana, USA.
Johnson County bore the brunt of the tornado’s ferocity on the evening of June 25th.
As the tempest raged on, buildings were leveled, and trees uprooted, while large hailstones pummeled the area.
Police sheriff Duane Burgess described several neighborhoods as “damaged or destroyed” by the “terrifying” tornado.
He urged non-residents to steer clear of the affected areas, as their presence hindered the emergency workers’ efforts.
The Indianapolis office of the National Weather Service confirmed that Greenwood City had indeed suffered significant damage from the storm.
Around 4:20 PM, authorities issued a warning to residents of Greenwood City.
Dozens of locals managed to capture the awe-inspiring yet destructive power of the tornado as it mercilessly tore through the city.
In response to the devastation, the Red Cross established a shelter for affected families at Greenwood Middle School.
Thankfully, as of Sunday night, no fatalities had been reported, although tornado watches remained in effect for multiple counties in Indiana and Kentucky.
Witnessing the terrifying event, one resident expressed their fear, stating, “So scary.”
Abi conveyed her astonishment, exclaiming, “Holy moly.”
Lynn highlighted the danger posed by flying debris, noting that it can travel at high velocities and much greater distances than people often realize.
Elizabeth remarked upon the tornado’s peculiar appearance, observing, “This was a weird-looking tornado! So wide and dirty.”
Joshua noted the unusual characteristics of the storm, stating, “What is so unusual is the sky. Typically, tornadoes in Indiana occur on the leading edge of the storm. Additionally, the thunder during that storm rumbled incessantly.”
A tornado, a swiftly rotating column of air connecting the ground and a cumulonimbus or cumulus cloud, can endure anywhere from a few minutes to over an hour.