Intense footage captures a driver’s near-miss with death during an Alabama tornado.
According to intense footage, a man driving home from work was caught in the center of one of the 14 tornadoes that struck Alabama, killing at least five people.
Cesar Villaseor and his boss are seen gasping in horror as heavy rains and strong winds shake their car, sending debris flying everywhere. The footage was shot Thursday in Pelham, where the first twister was registered.
As they drove past several homes that appeared to be heavily damaged, one of the men exclaimed, “Oh no.” “Oh s–t!” exclaims the speaker.
The men then came to a halt in their car as they approached several fallen trees and assessed the extent of the damage.
On the video, one person said, “Oh my God, what the f–k?” “No way!” exclaims the voice.
Villaseor told Storyful that he was about a half-mile from his house when the rain began to pour heavily.
Villaseor told CNN, “I was like, ‘This is probably it.” ‘I’m definitely dead,’ says the narrator.
According to CNN, the National Weather Service, 14 tornadoes were confirmed in Alabama, with one in Mississippi.
Villaseor said he and his boss were on their way to the man’s house to seek refuge when “everything starts going to hell, essentially,” causing him to lose control of the vehicle.
“At one stage, the van was swaying so violently that I thought it was going to tip over. I was simply trembling. I couldn’t keep my hands still.”
Sheriff Matthew Wade of Calhoun County said five people died as a result of the storms, including three members of the same family.
According to AL.com, a Calhoun County coroner said four adults were killed in Ohatchee, including three members of the same family, and a woman died in Wellington.
According to the report, the victims were listed as Joe Wayne Harris, 74, James William Geno, 72, Ebonique Harris, 28, Emily Myra Wilborn, 72, and Barbara Harris, 69.
Calhoun County’s hardest-hit areas were Ohatchee and Wellington. Several injuries were also registered there and across the state, according to AL.com.
According to the National Weather Service, severe storms were in western Georgia early Friday, with one major tornado traveling through Newnan and nearby areas near Atlanta.
Harm reports in Newnan were received shortly after midnight, according to NWS meteorologist John De Block.