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Storm envelops Texas driver, who calmly notes: 'I am in a tornado'
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Storm envelops Texas driver, who calmly notes: 'I am in a tornado'

Blake Foster was driving through a storm in Grapevine, Texas, on Tuesday, when extra to globs of rain, his car was pelted with debris, including a trash can and an umbrella.

While it was later confirmed that a probable tornado had swept through the area and injured at least five people, Foster evidently had his suspicions in the moment.

KDFW reported that Foster, who had been headed home, spotted trouble ahead and let it pass.

In the video of the encounter, Foster can be heard calmly noting that the storm is "coming right across" the street.

The agent of destruction and disorder ignored traffic signals and barreled right into Foster's Toyota Tundra, made in Texas.

Amid flashes of light, the drumroll of debris against his vehicle, and diminished visibility, Foster announces, "I'm in a tornado."

Having been spared, the motorist pointed out the ruins on his left, noting the storm "just took out this car wash."

According to KDFW, people were trapped under the damaged car wash at the corner of Northwest Highway and Dove Road.

Grapevine Mills Mall and Sam's Club were similarly damaged.

Power lines in Grapevine were also whipped about.

The National Weather Service has confirmed that six tornados rocked Northern Texas on Tuesday, touching down in Northeast Tarrant County, Wise County, Lamar County, and in Forth Worth.

While only six have been confirmed so far, Northern Texas may have been swept by as many as 12 tornadoes on Dec. 13.

NWS meteorologist Jason Dunn told Axios that on account of the humidity in the air, the wind shear, and the arrival of a cold front, "It's not completely uncommon to get tornadoes in December. Any time you get those ingredients together, it can happen any time of the year."

A trail of destruction

In recent days, much of the nation has been swept by treacherous storms, but perhaps nowhere with greater kinetic consequence than in Northern Texas, Southern Oklahoma, and Louisiana.

The Associated Press reported that two people were missing after a tornado tore through Louisiana, just 10 miles outside Shreveport.

The Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office indicated that a boy had been found dead near Keithville, Louisiana, where his home once stood.

Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator told KSLA, "We couldn’t even find the house that he was describing with the address. Everything was gone."

A woman was also found dead nearby.

KSLA reported that 25 were injured in Farmerville, La. Entire buildings were razed:

Storm chaser Mike Scantlin captured some of the damage done by what NWS confirmed to have been an EF2 tornado in Wayne, Oklahoma, on video:

Despite the damage in Wayne, no one has been reported killed.

Ron Johnson, McClain County Emergency Manager, told KFOR that Wayne got off lucky. "We actually really got blessed. ... This could have been a lot worse," said Johnson.

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