Hempfield Township Teen’s Tornado Video Goes Viral

HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — A local teenager has become an internet sensation.

Tyler Tubbs, 15, of Hempfield Township, used his iPod Touch to record video of the tornado as it approached his backyard.

His frenetic commentary has been heard around the world. Tubbs, a freshman at Hempfield High School, told KDKA-TV the storm was an opportunity of a lifetime.

His recording was briefly interrupted by a phone call from his mother.

“Yeah, she wanted me to get in the house, but I was like, ‘No, I’m getting this on tape dude,’” he said.

Tubbs says he wants to become a storm chaser, but for now, he’s enjoying his newfound fame.

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One Comment

  1. Porc says:

    Lamest tornado video I’ve ever seen. Are you kidding?

  2. Jason says:

    He’s a moron for risking his life for a stupid video. And his video wasn’t/isn’t viral before KDKA tried to make it so. Quit trying to give these idiots their 2 minutes of fame. That’s what leads to the continued recklesness of idiots.

    1. Mike says:

      Hey Jason, Jealous much? Ha ha haaaaaa!!!

      1. Jason says:

        Jealous for not being dumb? Nope, try again. But hey, if you think a viral video is a claim to fame, best of luck to you!

    2. Heather says:

      Actually Kiss FM is to blame for th4 viral thing 😉 They started a bit of a campaign.

      1. Nick Manning says:

        yeah they make big deals out of everything on that station, a tornado is a big deal but this kid acting like a fancy boy is not

      2. Yup says:

        The X is the one that made a big deal about it, Mikey and Bob were on vacation last week and haven’t said anything until this morning (3-28). The X was the one bringing the kid on the air and stuff,

  3. caps says:

    jason look on youtube its about to hit over 200,000 views

  4. allday724 says:

    i find it funny that they had to make sure they said what he taped it with, his Ipod Touch! Hmmmm people and news media are stupid!

  5. Mike says:

    Its kind of weird to hear a 15 year old use the term “video tape”.

  6. Lauren d cosgrove says:

    Wow dude. Your cool

  7. Nellie Lynch says:

    I’m glad Tyler is safe. I did watch the video & it IS pretty cool. I live in Crawford County & tornadoes are very common up here. You did a great job, Dude!!!

  8. Bill says:

    What a dork!

  9. AZZKIKR says:

    What a turd!

  10. Bonnie says:

    I think Tyler did a great job. I get chills when I listen to him saying the tornado touched down. It is a really big deal here as we don’t get tornados in our area.

    Thanks Tyler!

  11. WHySoMADBrO says:


  12. Dork Hat says:

    Love that dorky cap

  13. I love this city says:

    I like when he said he was going to lock the door.

  14. Lauryn says:

    hahahahah i love that video! It makes my life, he did a GREAT job!!

  15. Yup says:

    I think it’s lame people are getting “Famous” for stupid videos! That Rebecca Black chick, Charlie Sheen, and the countless other “viral videos” that are making people known that aren’t really doing anything special. Oh, a tornado touched down…yeah I’d probably freak out too if I was standing outside video taping it. Now there will be tshirts, captioned pictures, etc. Internet memes need to chill!

  16. Kevin says:

    LOL it didn’t go viral because it’s a cool video of a tornado, it went viral because Tyler is such an sensation moron during the video.

    It’s tearing stuff up? Hailing golf balls?? It hit you hard? Massive tornado??


    It was a minor funnel cloud at best. Those of us in tornado alley call this a boring Tuesday.

    1. Yup says:

      Actually Kevin, it did do quite a bit of damage, it harmed the highschool and blew roofs off of people’s homes, so it was more than funnel cloud. But yes, the “sensation” of this video is his freak-out and yinzer accent. I heard his interview on the X Morning Show, doesn’t sound too bright and started talking about Tshirts and stuff. Yeah, we always need meme shirts.

  17. spike says:

    never mind the tornado….that pittsburghese accent makes him sound like a paint-chip-eating moron….

  18. tyler tubbs says:

    hey, get off my back. im 15 years old and ur a bunch of 45 year old men

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