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Posted at 9:45 AM ET, 10/25/2010

Video: "We are in the tornado" from Rice, Texas

By Jason Samenow

* Chance of showers later, mild: Full Forecast *

Sunday evening, Eric Meyers - an emergency management coordinator in Navarro County, Texas, videotaped his incredibly close encounter with a powerful tornado. In the remarkable video, shown above, Meyers yells repeatedly: "We are in the tornado."

The tornado carved a seven-mile path through Navarro County and destroyed five homes in Rice, Texas -- according to

10:45 a.m. update: Check out this 2008 video of another close encounter with a tornado - this time from Iowa - where the observers also shout "We are in the tornado" multiple times.

By Jason Samenow  | October 25, 2010; 9:45 AM ET
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That's a little too close.
Watching this video was more more stimulating than a big cup of coffee.
Thank goodness only property damage reported.
Mr Meyers; thanks for taping & I'm glad your vehicle didn't get carried away to the land of Oz.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | October 25, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

I've noticed there is a tendency for people to repeat themselves when they get excited. I posted a tornado video from Iowa in 2008 where storm chasers also yelled "we are in the tornado" ( although YouTube took the video down. I guess it's "the Giants win the pennant" phenomenon.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | October 25, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like he was in the tornado...

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | October 25, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

I found an active link to the 2008 "We are in the tornado" video:

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | October 25, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

I can definately agree with the repeating due to excitedness issue. During a storm chase in AL a few years ago, we ended up way, way too close to a weak tornado due to limited visablity in the trees along the highway. I can definately confirm several of us loudly repeating ourselves, though we may have chosen more explicit phrases...

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | October 25, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone else notice that at about the 50 second mark of that video a car comes shooting out of the tornado on the other side of the road? Some nut drove through the thing!

Posted by: Chip_M | October 26, 2010 1:28 AM | Report abuse

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