A trucker’s dashcam caught the tremendous force of Hurricane Ida and its tornadoes as they were strong enough to flip him inside his truck.
Trucker Karl Beyer recently took to the social media website YouTube to share his experience. The man and his 53-foot trailer flipped near the Philadelphia suburb of Maple Glen, Pennsylvania, on Sept. 1.
Hurricane Ida’s wrath spread through several East Coast states from Aug. 26 to Sept. 4. As it traveled from the Gulf of Mexico, it kept its powerful winds and produced several tornadoes from Maryland to Massachusetts.
Video A Horror Scene
Bayer’s video came with the warning to take tornado warnings seriously.
In the clip, Bayer listened to his weather radio while a powerful tornado crossed his path. The man freezes at a light, and when it turns green, other cars move along. But Bayer stays put.
The winds cause the truck to sway. One would think the big rig truck would be a heavy enough object to withstand strong winds. But not this particular Hurricane Ida.
More rain, more wind, and leaves stir up as the tornado passes. The wind obscures a street light bursts and an Exxon gas station sign.
And then, boom. The truck falls on its side with the cab camera moving to show a scared Bayer wearing his seatbelt. Luckily, the seatbelt saved him from major injuries.
According to the Daily Mail, a van turned around and rescued Bayer from the flipped truck.
Bayer filmed the tornado at 5:43 p.m. After the storms, officials identified the tornado as an EF-2. Tornadoes with that Fujita scale classification have 111 to 135 mph winds. Houses can lose their roofs, and trains can topple at that wind speed.
After the Hurricane Ida damage, city officials had to deal with downed powerlines and large broken trees.
In the YouTube comments, the man responded to questions of being scared by saying, “I think I was in shock. I don’t recall a lot of what happened. I don’t remember how I got out of the seatbelt.”
The Tornado Maker
After Hurricane Ida passed through, National Weather Service officials confirmed six Sept. 2 Pennsylvania-area tornadoes in Oxford, Fort Washington, and Horsham Township, Buckingham Township, and Bristol.
Wind speeds ranged from 75 mph to 130 mph in Pennsylvania. Sadly, five people died in that state.
The remnants of Hurricane Ida dumped more than nine inches of rain in several states, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.
Another scary 150 mph twister took apart homes and even toppled farm silos in Mullica Hill, New Jersey. The city is close to Philadelphia.
Hurricane Ida’s force was the fifth most powerful hurricane in U.S. history. More than a million power customers lost electricity and water in Lousiana when the powerful storm hit land. As it traveled up the East Coast, it caused massive flooding. At least 45 people died in the Northeast (23 in New Jersey and 12 in New York City).