VIDEO: University of Oklahoma Storm Chaser Captures Texas Twister

May 16, 2013

University of Oklahoma meteorology student Paige Burress captured this image of a wedge tornado north of Rio Vista, TX - May 15, 2013
Credit Paige Burress / Texas Storm Chasers

The twister that ripped through the town of Granbury, Tex.  Wednesday night killed at least six people and injured dozens of others.

The National Weather Service classified the deadly Texas twister as a powerful EF4, with winds up to 200 miles-per-hour.

University of Oklahoma meteorology student Paige Burress captured video of the tornado for the weather blog Texas Storm Chasers. She told Here & Now host Robin Young it was a "sobering experience."

“It started as a wall of rain, suddenly the rain wrapped around and this large tornado emerged from the rain," Burress says. “As soon as we saw it, we wanted to let people know this was a very large and dangerous tornado.”

Burress says they were at a safe distance, about five miles away, when they captured video of the wedge tornado.

“When you see this large tornado coming at you, you know that it’s probably devastating someone’s life, and you can’t do anything about it,” Burress says.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.