WILD RICE, N.D. – A storm chaser quickly went from chasing the storms to the one being chased during a recent storm in North Dakota.
John Homenuk found himself in the path of a gustnado in Cass County on Monday.
Videos that Homenuk recorded show the incredible scene.
Extreme winds are seen throwing debris and dust into his vehicle.
While a gustnado may look like a tornado, meteorologists say the way it forms is different.
"A gustnado is a small, whirlwind which forms as an eddy in thunderstorm outflows. They do not connect with any cloud-base rotation and are not tornadoes," according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "Since their origin is associated with cumuliform clouds, gustnadoes will be classified as Thunderstorm Wind events."
The storm chaser noted that damage was visible following the whirlwind.
"Power lines were down throughout this area, some snapped," Homenuk said on Twitter.
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The National Weather Service indicated that hail the size of tennis balls and 80-mile-per-hour winds were possible in the area on Monday.
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