The tornado that ripped through Joplin, Missouri Sunday night has left unimaginable devastation in its wake and now has a death toll of 116, making it tied for the most deadly twister to ever hit American soil since the National Weather Service began keeping records 61 years ago.
The other one was in Flint, Michigan in 1953. It's terrifying and scary, to be sure. But even after countless emotional news reports and survivor stories, it wasn't until the first person video hit YouTube that it really came home.
The terrifying private footage came from the back of a convenience store and was far scarier than any horror movie could ever be. It's chaotic and loud and the tornado hits at around 2:10.
The video itself is dark and grainy, but it's the audio that proves so devastating, especially once we consider the context in which these storms occurred.
The tornado came at the end of a weekend that was full of apocalypse jokes thanks to the insane ravings of a madman and his misinterpretation of the bible. Harold Camping predicted the end of the world would come and believers would be raptured up to heaven.
It's a real shame that all those millions of dollars spent trumpeting a false doomsday hadn't been spent on the very real doomsday-like scenarios that play out across the world. From earthquakes in Japan to tornadoes in Missouri, we don't need false fears to make the real world any scarier. Mother Nature is plenty powerful on her own.
YouTube user "izelsg" posted this description of the video:
The video I took while at Fastrip on east 20th street. We huddled in the back of the store until the glass got sucked out, then ran into the walk in storage fridge.
The fear in the voices of the people on this video and the devastating death toll are reason enough to stop worrying about the potential cataclysmic events that could come following a May 21 rapture or a 2012 End of Days. It's time to start worrying about the very real people who have experienced close to what must feel like the end of the world.
It brings it all into perspective and kind of makes it all seem silly and frivolous. Why do we need doomsday scenarios when we have tragedies like this happening on their own?
Did this video bring it home for you?
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