There aren’t many cases where someone can view the inside of a tornado without actually being inside of it.

Fortunately, that wasn’t the case for Mike Bettes when he had the rare opportunity to look into the eye of a tornado — thanks to a downdraft. Since the tops of tornados are typically shrouded in clouds they usually aren’t observable. But in this case, the downdraft made the tornado bend almost like it was bowing.

This provided an incredible chance for Bettes and his crew to capture footage of the hollow core of the tornado.

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