I’ve never heard of gustnados before, but now I’m terrified of them.
A video posted to YouTube in September shows a man named Brent Rose driving through a ‘gustnado,’ a combination of heavy wind, dust, and rain.
It looks like something straight out of a post-apocalyptic thriller film, but without the suspenseful music.
Rose told the tale of the harrowing experience, which took place in California Valley, to Storyful.
“I was driving down the highway and noticed that it was pretty gusty, then suddenly it went full whiteout. I pulled over immediately, even though I couldn’t even see the side of the road. It felt like I was in a tornado and I was afraid my van (which is a tall Sprinter van) would be knocked over. When it finally subsided, it had ripped the cover off my air conditioner unit on top (which I found about 50 yards away in an irrigation ditch), and the whole van was completely caked in mud (because it was a dust storm with rain in it, so it turned to mud mid-air). Very scary,” Rose said.