What Would It Be Like to Be Inside a Tornado?

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Strong winds, hail and flying debris make being inside a tornado dangerous, but those who survive the experience claim it to be surprisingly calm and quiet. Near-constant lightning reportedly gives the interior of tornadoes a glow.

Because there are vastly different types of tornadoes, the experience can vary drastically. Waterspouts that cross onto land are often far weaker than other tornadoes and may be too weak to knock a person over. In contrast, supercell tornadoes typically contain a number of strong cyclones. While these cyclones are dangerous, there are regions within the larger system that are comparatively safe, which is part of the reason why individual houses sometimes avoid significant damage, even when surrounding houses are destroyed.