Midwest Tornadoes Give Storm Chasers a Crazy Thrill In the Plains (VIDEOS)

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tornado midwestWhat's scarier than a tornado ripping through your town? How about 121 tornadoes. Millions of Americans in the Midwest awoke to disaster this morning after hundreds of tornadoes tore through the Midwest. A state of emergency has been declared for Wichita, Kansas, and the news in Oklahoma isn't much better -- as of now, five people are dead and 29 are injured. Thankfully, the National Weather Service saw on the weather radar the potential for deadly weather and was able to warn residents about the danger. The only people excited by the terrifying news were likely storm chasers -- daredevil groups of tornado junkies went head first into the twisters with video cameras and a prayer. While I think they're absolutely insane for seeking that kind of thrill, I have to say, I'm sort of thankful for them -- the photos and videos they captured are pretty amazing.

There are amateur storm chasers -- those who grab their iPhones and head out into their yard to see if they can't get some mind-blowing footage of a storm cloud rolling in -- then there are the professionals. I think we've all seen the Helen Hunt classic, Twister, and have a sense of what it's like to drive in teched-out vans across tornado alley, hoping to find the storm of the century. The weather in the Midwest yesterday was probably their idea of a dream come true. With hundreds of twisters swirling through the plains, there was hardly a dull moment. Check out some of their videos!

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We're all thinking of those in the Midwest who were touched by the tornadoes yesterday ... as these videos prove, it was certainly scary stuff.

Have you ever experienced a tornado?

 

Photo via ellusion4u/YouTube

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linzemae linzemae

I live in Nebraska and was about to go to bed when our sirens started going off. It was scary! They said there was one 8 miles from my home

Shock... Shockerchik

Yeahhhh those tornadoes here in Wichita hit about 1.5 miles away from my house and 2 miles away from where I was at. It was a very scary experience! However, us Kansas people are used to it!

carole76 carole76

Wow ladies, I couldn't imagine. So glad you and your families are safe.

So sad to see all the footage and hear about how many people were effected.

Lynds... LyndsayB5

Well it hit about 1.5-mi from where I was at and about 2-2.5 mi. from my house! Lol...WICHITA,KS!

Ashmo... Ashmommy85

The one that hit Norman Friday was basically chasing us down the road after we left Walmart with my daughter in the car, scariest thing ever! A car six cars back got slid across the road and debris was flying around us. My husband darted into the wrong lane and sped past a bus and through a couple of red lights and we stopped at a strangers house and they had a shelter so we all ran into it. Yesterday we went to a friends house with a shelter to be better prepared after all of the dire warnings. Thank God it didn't hit ur area this time. But it was a very lint stressful night especially after our near miss on Friday!

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