Watch storm chasers get caught in "extremely dangerous" mile-wide tornado

"Oh my god! I felt the wind from that on my head and I got it on camera!"

By Joanna Rothkopf
Published April 27, 2015 6:35PM (EDT)
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On Sunday, a mile-wide, "extremely dangerous" tornado reached the ground in northern Texas and a goofy, brave, idiotic, amazing storm chaser was there to capture the scene.

"Oh my God!" the man shooting the video shouts while driving down a road being pelted with enormous hail. "I felt the wind from that on my head and I got it on camera. Oh my gosh, we've got softball-sized hail--"

And then the front windshield of his car is shattered by falling precipitation.

NBC News' M. Alex Johnson and Richie Duchon report:

The storm knocked out power to more than 30,000 people in Texas, according to online reports compiled from local power companies...

Johnson County Emergency Management reported that semi-trailer trucks had been overturned, roofs were blown off, and roads were flooded, according to The Weather Channel. The agency also reported damage around the Rio Vista area, NBC Dallas-Fort Worth said. It said crew would be assessing the scale of the damage on Monday.

Watch the video below:

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