Soderholm who also followed his friend right after disappearing in the rare whirlwind formation described the experience as "painful."
The footage showed the horrifying moment the tornado swept across the parking lot then tossing the 4,000-pound car several feet high.
Tornadoes devastated New Orleans where a NASA facility is also located. The facility is where the agency's most powerful rocket is being manufactured.
The number of lightning strike deaths in the U.S. for the year 2016 has been increasing, killing three times as many people as tornadoes have.
Researchers found that the center of tornado activity in the U.S. has shifted direction due to climate change.
Footage of an amazing and equally terrifying dust devil is making rounds on the internet. Dust devils on Mars form the same way they do in deserts on Earth.