Watch: drone films tornado from very close up

You have people who flee when a tornado approaches, and you have people who launch their drones to film it up close. Storm chaser Reed Timmer is clearly in that second category. He recently captured from the sky how a tornado leaves a trail of destruction in the US state of . While wind speeds of over 150 mph are reached inside the tornado, the drone seems barely affected by the wind.

Drone films tornado

The tornado hit Andover, a suburb of the Kansas city of Wichita, in late April. Residents were warned by sirens to take cover. But for Reed Timmer, that was the signal to send his drone, a DJI Mavic Air 2S, into the air and start filming.

While the storm reached wind speeds of more than 250 km/h and raged over the neighborhood for more than twenty minutes, the drone hovered miraculously stable in the air.

On Twitter, Timmer explains how that’s possible: “It’s hard to describe how calm/laminar the atmosphere was around the Andover tornado. The drone barely even felt a breeze,” says Timmer. “Exactly what I expected with a tornado that comes down via the dynamic pipe effect.”

Huge damage

Another , taken shortly after the storm passed, shows how much damage the tornado caused. Miraculously, there were no casualties as a result of the hurricane.

Watch: Drone Films Tornado From Very Close Up 1

This article first appeared on Dronewatch and is written by Wiebe de Jager who is also a DroneXL contributor.

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Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ or @hayekesteloo.

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