A rare weather phenomena destroyed more than half of a Nebraska town Monday when a pair of tornadoes, equal in size and strength, sent 350 people fleeing from their homes.
Kory Hartman and his Basehunters storm chasing team captured incredible video of the twisters wreaking a parallel path of destruction across a highway.
While the phenomena itself is rare enough, Monday’s tornadoes were unique due to their similar size, strength and longevity. Twin twisters commonly feature one strong and one weak tornado, one or both of which die off fairly quickly.
“It’s less common for two tornadoes to track together for so long, especially with that same intensity,” meteorologist Barbara Mayes told the Associated Press. “By no means is it unprecedented. But we don’t see it often.”
The tornadoes reportedly destroyed 50 to 75 percent of the town of Pilger and resulted in at least two fatalities and 19 injuries.
“It’s a complete mess,” Stanton County Commissioner Jerry Weatherholt told the AP.