St. Louis Tornado: Man Films Tornado From Inside Airport (VIDEO)

Posted Apr 26th 2011 11:30 AMUpdated Apr 26th 2011 11:34 AM



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The tornado that ransacked St. Louis on Friday left Lambert airport struggling to get back on schedule (the airport is meant to be at 100% on Tuesday). A male passenger in the hardly hit C concourse was filming the surrounding lightning storm when the tornado hit.

Though he doesn't reveal where he was headed, the man was calmly filming the lightning (the video does reveal a few amazing views of lightning strikes) when people start screaming and running away from windows.

It's hard to imagine what a tornado that powerful was like to be near. But this man's unbelievable video--he keeps filming the entire time--offers a glimpse into what it must have been like.

Watch the video below:

Watch a security camera's angle of the tornado below:

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Great photos of his fingers. Of course, under the circumstances, you could not expect him to be totally level-headed. BUT, don't people understand that if you put your finger in front of the lens, it photographs your finger?

April 28 2011 at 9:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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April 26 2011 at 9:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

an F4 hit Bridgeton, a municipality near the Airport, an F3 in Bellefontaine Neighbors, it was reported only an F2/F3 hit the airport. Warning sirens sounded off over the entire St. Louis area for about a half hour before they hit. All the news channels were covering the storm for hours also. Not sure what warnings were issued inside the airport, everyone in the area, including passengers at the airport had to know tornado conditions existed. These tornadoes touch down with no warning and this guy was filming inside the airport for what reason?... Complete city blocks just disappeared, the main thing is no one was killed or seriously injured.

April 26 2011 at 7:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You tell me with all the tech stuff of today.....cell channel))) one that works at this airport or lives in this town (Who ever sets off the alarm to give people a warning).... could have gave anyone in the airport a heads up of what was heading their looks like from the video that no one even knew anything about a tornado heading their way.......its just seems like if anyone knew there was a tornado heading towards the airport that someone that works there could had told everyone in the airport they need to head towards the bathrooms and away from all the windows.....what if this was a F5 tornado and there were hundreds of people in the terminal many people would had been hurt or worse yet killed......they r so worried about security....which i understand.....should they start working on a system inside the airports to give people a warning before it is worse the next time this happens

April 26 2011 at 6:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Luke's comment

It was an F4, which was pretty close, and there was no advance warning because it hit so suddenly, nobody knew it was coming.

April 26 2011 at 7:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It would appear that right up to the moment the tornado touched down no one had initiated any emergency procedures at the airport. Everyone was calmly sitting or walking around virtually surrounded by glass windows. Now that is beyond stupid.

April 26 2011 at 5:44 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Yeah, that was a great video of the guy's fingers, and the guy next to him who kept texting even after it happened.

April 26 2011 at 5:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The ironic part is the people who had the hardest time getting away from all this were the dolts lugging their overweight carry-on luggage. haha

April 26 2011 at 3:26 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

You don't mean "hardly hit." That would mean it had hardly been hit. You mean "hard hit."

April 26 2011 at 2:57 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Abbycadabra Alakazam

Uh, I hope there is a lawsuit against that airport. Shouldn't they have announced a tornado warning and had those people in a safe place? They were sitting right beside a window and the employees were just walking around.

April 26 2011 at 1:44 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Abbycadabra Alakazam's comment

No one knew about the tornado. I don't even think sirens went off. I live about a mile away and the storm was pretty fast.

April 26 2011 at 3:52 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Why would they sue? They got brains in their heads, they should've used them. People need to take responsibility for themselves and stop blaming everyone else.

April 26 2011 at 5:44 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

why do some of these people just stay sitting right next to the windows for so long? Especially the ones with children? Hello? Get to safety!

April 26 2011 at 12:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply