Nashville CCTV camera in the path of a tornado records the whole thing and survives

Mar 18, 2020

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Nashville CCTV camera in the path of a tornado records the whole thing and survives

Mar 18, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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When we see tornadoes on video, it’s often from at least some kind of distance. Perhaps it’s very far away from somebody who just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Maybe the view is a little closer, from the camera of a storm chaser. But it’s rare that we get to see a tornado from the inside. The cameras often just don’t survive.

One brave little CCTV camera in Nashville, Tennessee, however, not only captured the view from inside the tornado, it actually managed to survive, and Metro Nashville PD shared the video via Twitter. Yes, I called it brave, I gave it personality. This camera deserves a medal or something.

We start to see the subtle effect of the tornado almost immediately in the video, but a little after 20 seconds in, we really start to see things pick up. Metro Nashville PD writes that the camera switched to battery power after the electricity to the camera disappeared, allowing it to capture what happened.

The camera that captured the video (June 2019 Google Street View image)

The view is somewhat obscured as the video picks up, but by the end, we can just about make out that the light being emitted from the traffic lights has ceased. Whether it’s simply a cut in power or the tornado was strong enough to rip them from their supports is unclear. But before the lights go out, and we see several flashes in the video, they do seem to be blowing around an awful lot.

For a full blow-by-blow of the video and a little more context about the storm, check out this in-depth report by the Washington Post.

[via PetaPixel]

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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3 responses to “Nashville CCTV camera in the path of a tornado records the whole thing and survives”

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    Mindi Minguez

    Susan

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      Mindi Minguez

      I’m glad you all were safe.

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