Story at a glance:

  • A parked Tesla Model X recorded a passing tornado.
  • The tornado was rated preliminary EF-2, meaning it had maximum wind speeds of 130 mph.
  • The Model X did not move possibly because of its lower center of gravity, weighed down by its batteries.

A Tesla Model X was caught in a passing tornado and not only survived it, but also filmed the whole thing on Tesla’s Sentry mode.

A parked Tesla Model X recorded a passing tornado and survived the ordeal, Eletrek reported.


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Tesla's Sentry mode monitors the environment around a car when it’s left unattended. In a tornado, however, it makes a great video.

On Thursday, a tornado with preliminary EF-2 rating, meaning it had maximum wind speeds of 130 mph, tore through Barrie, Ontario.

At least 10 people were injured and the storm caused about three miles of damage. Houses and businesses were inundated, and some insurers are not certain insurance companies will step in, CTV reported.

The Model X owner said that the car took some damage in the storm, but considering that it is drivable from what it captured, the car is lucky to have survived the wreckage.

In the footage, the winds were strong enough to move surrounding cars, causing them to bump into each other.

The Model X, weighing in at 5,421 lbs, did not move during the incident, possibly because its low center of gravity, weighed down by its mounted battery pack, prevented it from being carried away. 


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Published on Jul 19, 2021