Security cameras at a Tupelo, MS pre-school were rolling as a deadly tornado swept through the town. For five minutes and 11 seconds, viewers can watch the devastation play out right before their eyes.
As the tornado approached on April 28, St. Luke United Methodist Church's security camera, which was recording video of the pre-school's playground, appears to go into night vision mode.
Not one minute into the video, high winds, rain, and lightning are visible. As the wind intensifies, pouring rain covers the lens of the camera making the playground hard to see. But through the heavy rain, the damage being done to the playground is clear.
Trees begin falling and debris starts flying around the playground. When the high winds and heavy rain stop, the playground is almost unrecognizable. Some playground equipment, including the slide, remain, but the damage has been done.
The EF-3 tornado that blew through Tupelo killed at least one person in Lee County. The storm carved a 24-mile-long swath from Tupelo to Ozark in Itawamba County.
Mobile users can view the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xq16iF8RXlA