Watch Storm Chasers Get Terrifyingly Close to a Massive Tornado
Although you might have dreamed of being a storm chaser after seeing Helen Hunt do it in Twister, you've probably since realized that it's not exactly the most ideal profession. You know, because it involves risking your life on a daily basis to chase and, sometimes, get stupidly close to actual tornadoes. Two new videos from AccuWeather show a group of storm chasers doing exactly that and, well, they're extremely intense.
As explained in a report by Jalopnik, the footage appears to show one of several tornadoes that touched down near Wray, CO, over the weekend, injuring at least five people. Reports suggest the violent twister grew as big as half a mile wide, which will probably make sense when you see how enormous it is in the videos. Watch as the storm chasers race toward the developing funnel cloud, then proceed to get even closer as it grows into a roaring monster in the middle of a roadway. It almost looks like a scene out of the 1996 cult-favorite film, when they attempt to get a tornado to suck up one of the "Dorothy" sensor devices, minus all the Bill Paxton, of course. Warning: it's really loud.
Hopefully, this goes without saying, but just to be clear: do not try this at home, folks.
AccuWeather also posted a 360-degree version of the video (below), so you can feel even closer to being there... if you're into that kind of thing.
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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and wanted to be a storm chasers when he was a kid after seeing the movie Twister. Send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.