Watch and hear how two women drive through the Texas tornado and survive to tell the story

Valley View, Texas – Two women were filming late Saturday night when a tornado crossed the road they were traveling on near Valley View, Texas. The twister killed several people, but the two survived their horrific ordeal.

Valenia Gill and Brenda Proctor Dance had just left a singer/songwriter show and had been posting on social media all night.

“Let the nonsense begin,” Dance posted on Facebook with a picture of himself and Gill with big smiles outside the venue.

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Women trapped in car as tornado approaches

Only 15 minutes after the show, the wind was whistling through the car they were in, blowing rain from the side. Every now and then, hail could be heard hitting the car.

“There are swear words flying around everywhere,” Gill can be heard saying in the video.

You can see debris flying past the headlights.

“Look at it,” said Dance. “My ears are popping.”

“My ears are cracking from the pressure too,” Gill said. “See how the sign is shaking.”

The road signs were seen flapping wildly and the view from the window was rapidly deteriorating. Gill stopped the car on the road.


“Oh my God,” one of the women repeated over and over.

“We're in the middle of a tornado, Brenda. What should I do?” Gill shouts. “The car is shaking.”

The tornado shook the car so violently that the video jumps wildly left, right, and down as the women riot.

“The car, we're in it (the tornado), Brenda,” Gill screams as the video blurs with movement. “There's nothing I can do.”

“Cover your head,” Dance tried to interrupt. “Cover your head.”

The sound of the wind grew louder, more like a jet engine, as debris flew past the vehicle. Check out the flashes of lightning lighting up the road as the wind knocks down the power poles.

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“It hit my car, I know it,” Gill said after a few moments. “We're still shaking, my ears are cracking.”

The wind died down a bit, but was still strong.

“Okay, okay,” Gill said, his voice shaking with excitement. “I don't want to go anywhere yet. I'm shaking, the car is still shaking.”

Sirens or emergency vehicles can be heard in the background. A car drives around them and the headlights reveal a downed power line across the street.

“Are they driving?” one asked, shocked, as the car continued down the road.

Safe at home

Hours later, Dance posted on social media: “We made it back, I feel like I have a pressure headache now… I'm so thankful we were actually able to leave.”

Gill posted that this was her first tornado.

Dance set up a GoFundMe campaign to help Gill with car repairs. “She is disabled and has only the minimum liability for her car because of her fixed income.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said a supercell traveled about 50 miles and spawned tornadoes, forcing him to declare a state of emergency in four counties. Seven people were killed, including two children.

The NWS preliminary rated the tornado as an EF-2 storm with winds up to 135 mph.