Twister tears storm chaser ride

Last updated 12:01 29/05/2013

Storm chasers capture the moment their car is battered by a tornado

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Powerful winds ripped the doors and roof off a tornado intercept vehicle in a Kansas twister.

Storm chasers Brandon Ivey and Sean Casey captured the footage in eastern Smith County before the tornado ripped the tools from the top of the car, reported the Daily Mail.

But though the doors and the top hatch were blown open, the vehicle stayed grounded.

Winds hitting the car were 240-280km per hour, Ivey said.

The vehicle, called the TIV2, was a modified Dodge Ram 3500 platform, giving it six wheel drive capability. It can travel up to 160kmh, and weighs more than 6000 kilograms.

Hydraulic drop down skirts blocked wind and debris from getting underneath the vehicle and flipping it over.

Two homes close to the tornado were destroyed, but no injuries were reported.

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