Video Surveillance Footage Captures Devastating Impact of Joplin Tornado
A security camera installed at St. John's Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Missouri captured telling footage of the EF-5 rated (wind speeds higher than 200 miles per hour) tornado that tore apart the city exactly one year ago. The tornado was responsible for the death of 158+ lives and more than 1,000 injuries as reported by the National Service Weather Forecast Office in Springfield.
The video, which was uploaded on YouTube a few days before its one-year anniversary on May 22, 2011, shows the impact of the tornado ripping through the hospital's waiting room and its mouth-dropping force that sent hospital equipment and vehicles flying up into the air. St. John's life flight helicopter located on the roof of the hospital was blown off and smashed by the furious storm. The video footage demonstrates just how destructive the tornado was on the ostensibly well-structured building:
Despite the utter devastation of the hospital's structure, the video surveillance camera held out the entire time, illustrating the unsurpassed durability of weather-proof housings. Due to their remote versatility, image quality, and protection against temperamental weather conditions, digital cameras are often used by storm chasers to record images rich in detail that other video cameras can't. HD cameras, the preferred choice by storm chasers, provide clear and defined video that provides a greater understanding of extreme wind patterns caused by massive storms.