The wind was whipping and debris flew around his pickup truck when Gary Tucker saw a tornado that was about to lift his vehicle about 20 feet (6 meters) off the ground and toss it like a toy.

Tucker, 52, was caught in a tornado packing winds of up to 200 mph (322 kph) that hit Garland, northeast of Dallas, on Saturday. The twister was part of series in the area that killed 11 people and reduced buildings to splinters.

He stopped his truck, put it into park and stared down the tornado.