Yes, a man was swept up by a tornado, thrown 1,307 feet and survived. Here are the details

Missouri – Matt Suter was 19 years old when he had an experience that he will never forget.

He survived after being swept up inside a tornado. There have been a few stories like this, but this one is a little different.

According to the National Weather Service, there was a severe weather outbreak that led to several tornadoes in the Missouri Ozark on the afternoon of March 12, 2006, that lasted through the evening.

More than a dozen tornadoes spawned from the supercell thunderstorms that day, claiming the lives of two people.

But Matt was lucky.

Yes, a man was swept up by a tornado, thrown 1,307 feet and survived. Here are the details


As an EF-2 tornado ripped through his grandmother’s mobile home in Fordland that evening, and Suter was swept up -- inside the twister. Records show Suter was unconscious during this time because he had been struck on the head by a lamp in the mobile home.

Suter woke up in a grassy field sometime later after being thrown over a barbed wire fence. Luckily, Suter only suffered a head injury from the lamp -- and his feet were badly scratched.


The NWS GPS system measured the distance from the mobile home to the field where Suter woke up as 1,307 feet, roughly a quarter-mile.

Fifteen years to the date, the distance still hold the Guinness World Book record for the longest distance anyone has even been thrown by a tornado and survived.

That day, the numerous tornadoes injured over 30 people and damaged more than 550 homes.

It’s safe to say this is one record no one will want to break.

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