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Apex boy captures tornado on camera

Posted April 20, 2011
Updated April 21, 2011

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— An Apex boy traveling with his family through Harnett County on Saturday captured video of one of the tornadoes that caused devastation across much of eastern North Carolina.

Michael Tursam, 12, and his family were on their way to Florida when they spotted the tornado near Interstate 95 in Dunn.

"As we passed (under) an overpass, we saw the dark clouds and what appeared to be a tornado on the southwest side of I-95," the boy's father, Ken Tursam, said in an e-mail to WRAL News on Wednesday. "There was no place to pull off of the road due to the traffic."  

Ken Tursam said the video might make it look like they are storm chasers, but that isn't the case.

"I can assure you all, (what) we were trying to do is get out of the path of the storm. I sped up, hoping to get past the worst of it," he said.

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Michael's parents and 9-year-old brother, Noah, were not injured.

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The family's vehicle had $8,800 in damage, including shattered windows and a hole in the front bumper due to rocks.

“I would have continued to video the storm, but Mom and Dad told me to get down. I thought about holding my arm up and continuing to video, but I was afraid something would come through the windshield and take off my arm, and I knew I would need it," Michael said in an e-mail.

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  • dontgetmestarted Apr 22, 5:37 p.m.

    LOL, speaking of which, there is now a story about a man who took a wild ride in a bathtub from his second story apartment. I'm glad he was o.k. but I would have hated to be on the second floor! Yikes!

  • soyousay Apr 22, 8:16 a.m.

    from FEMA:
    A vehicle, trailer, or mobile home: Get out immediately and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building or a storm shelter. Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes.
    Outside with no shelter: Lie flat in a nearby ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands. Be aware of the potential for flooding.

    Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.

    Never try to outrun a tornado in urban or congested areas in a car or truck. Instead, leave the vehicle immediately for safe shelter.

    Watch out for flying debris. Flying debris from tornadoes causes most fatalities and injuries

  • Shamrock Apr 21, 6:46 p.m.

    How about let's talk about YOUR blown forecast, DrierThanAuntGertrude. Do you remember this post from the original weather forecast made predicting the severe weather that was coming last Saturday? And you STILL have the audacity to continue to criticize Greg Fishel's forecasts. You must be an absolutly miserable individual with NO LIFE to live to criticize weather forecasts on a daily basis. BTW...I'm sure there are more than a few people that wish THEIR loved one's were "still here" as you put it.
    dontgetmestarted

    Ditto!

  • dontgetmestarted Apr 21, 6:31 p.m.

    Sorry about the double post before. The first one didn't show up and I thought the "police" had nixed it. LOL! Sometimes they don't always seem to have to have a reason.

  • dontgetmestarted Apr 21, 6:26 p.m.

    If it makes you fell any better, you could always fill the tub with pillows and strap yourself in with those safety straps used for hauling stuff in the back of your truck. I'm just sayin'...BTW...There was a family that survived in their tub when their home was demolished. How are you supposed to protect yourself from flying debris (projectiles like tree limbs, timber,etc...) that could go through the many windows in your vehicle not to mention the glass that enevitably shatters violently and not just "spider webs" like when simply hit by something?

  • dontgetmestarted Apr 21, 6:14 p.m.

    Just get in the truck and let me know how that works out for ya. I'll be up at the big house. ;-)

  • dontgetmestarted Apr 21, 6:09 p.m.

    You just get in the truck. Let me know how that works out for ya. ;-)

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Apr 21, 6:01 p.m.

    I'll ask you again. How many people died while in their cars when the tornadoes struck? It's not the best idea, but compared to the bathtub or closet in a trailer house, I'd choose the car. Metal is usually a little sturdier than sheetrock and particle board, even those built upon a foundation.

  • dontgetmestarted Apr 21, 5:55 p.m.

    Are you honestly trying to tell me that you believe that a seat belt and an air bag will save you from being tossed around in a car like a tin can if a tornado were to pick it up and toss it around? Really?! Be my guest.

  • dontgetmestarted Apr 21, 5:48 p.m.

    Based on the piece of sensationalism Mike Maze just dished out tomorrow will be life as we know it O V E R. Super Cells Mike? Really?

    Do you think we might get any rain this time or will the entire thing go just like your last "Stormy Outbreak" prediction?

    Let's see how many of us are still here on Monday.
    DrierThanAuntGertrude
    April 15, 2011 5:14 p.m.

    How about let's talk about YOUR blown forecast, DrierThanAuntGertrude. Do you remember this post from the original weather forecast made predicting the severe weather that was coming last Saturday? And you STILL have the audacity to continue to criticize Greg Fishel's forecasts. You must be an absolutly miserable individual with NO LIFE to live to criticize weather forecasts on a daily basis.
    BTW...I'm sure there are more than a few people that wish THEIR loved one's were "still here" as you put it.

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