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Reed Timmer captures 'revolutionary' 360-degree video from inside violent Elk City, Oklahoma, tornado

AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer captured 360-degree video footage from inside a wedge tornado southwest of Elk City, Oklahoma, on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

"This is truly revolutionary and has so many implications for science," AccuWeather Director of Content Strategy Samantha Minish said.

The probe contained meteorological instruments and a 360-degree camera, which recorded the massive twister overhead. The 360-degree footage shows extreme winds tossing around debris inside of the tornado.

"Probes like this can enable meteorologists to use data from the instruments and the camera to research how tornadoes form, improving tornado forecasting," AccuWeather Social Media Manager and Meteorologist Jesse Ferrell said.

Reed has been building the probe for over a year, and Tuesday was the first day he attempted to deploy it.

High winds on the backside of the Elk City tornado, which were likely howling at over 111 mph, knocked the probe to the ground. However, the instruments have survived and will likely be deployed in a tornado again soon.

The Elk City tornado killed one person and destroyed at least 40 homes, according to the Associated Press.

The National Weather Service (NWS) survey teams found damage on par with that of an EF2 tornado or stronger.



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