‘Tornado Intercept Vehicle’ captures amazing video inside tornado

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SMITH COUNTY, Kan. - A couple of storm chasers recorded video in Smith County, Kan., from inside a tornado Monday afternoon.

Brandon Ivey and Sean Casey were in a specialized tank-like vehicle called a Tornado Intercept Vehicle (TIV).

vehicleThey say the winds were blowing between 150 and 175 miles per hour.

That was strong enough to blow open a hatch, blow open a door, and rip instruments off the top of the vehicle. But it did stay on the ground.

The National Weather Service received reports on Monday of 16 possible tornadoes in Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado.

Smith County is in north-central Kansas, about 95 miles northeast of Hays.