Watch the Storms on TV

@FourWalls (14127)
United States
May 9, 2016 10:27pm CST
I was watching online coverage of the tornados in Oklahoma earlier today, and I couldn't believe some of the things I saw. Some people were driving through storms toward tornadoes. People were going around the news channel cars (you could see them on the live shots) and heading toward the tornado (that later was reported to have killed at least two people). Those TV stations have meteorologists. That means, they have a degree in meteorology. They know what they're doing. If they've pulled off the road to stay back from a tornado then it's a really good bet that it's not safe to go any further. And yet people were whizzing around them. Some of them soon came whizzing back once they saw exactly what they were up against. Still others could go no further because the debris had the road blocked. Professional storm chasers know what they're doing. The "hey, hold my beer and watch this" guy in his pick-up truck doesn't. People are killed every year trying to do their Jim Cantore impersonation. (In 2013 three professionals were killed in Oklahoma. Storms don't discriminate between famous and "average Joe" when they unleash their fury on an area.) Worse, emergency responders' efforts are increasingly hampered by the amateurs. Most professional storm chasers, in addition to knowing meteorology (whereas some of these others can't even spell "meteorology"), have been trained in things like CPR and first aid. When they get on the scene they aren't just walking around, taking pictures, and going, "Wow, look at that." They're assisting. The other people are just getting in the way. And for what? The average "tornado video" is sold to news agencies for about $100-$400. That's an awful lot of risk for a very small reward. Leave the storm chasing to the professionals. Stay in your shelter and watch the storms on TV. Porter Wagoner's song about a tornado, "Big Wind:"
Porter Wagoner ~ Big Wind
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• United States
10 May 16
I think you are in KY right - that's where the tornadoes are predicted for today.
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@FourWalls (14127)
• United States
10 May 16
Yes, hey have us under a risk for severe weather. If it happens I'll be watching it on TV from he basement!!!
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• United States
10 May 16
@FourWalls I don't blame you - same here.
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@celticeagle (118551)
• Boise, Idaho
10 May 16
They were showing ,on the news, some of the big tornados that were like a mile wide. My BFF lives in Oklahoma and I hate hearing names of towns I recognize where the tornado and hit down. Scary.
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
10 May 16
After the Waldo Canyon fire, we had all sorts of flooding and flash flood warnings. People were actually walking to the water and taking pictures. The cop who had Manitou Avenue blocked finally had enough and started using profanity to get the idiots away from the water.
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@snowy22315 (48937)
• United States
10 May 16
Yes, some people have no common sense, or they are so desperate for their 5 minutes of fame they will risk their lives for it.
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@Teep11 (7097)
• United States
10 May 16
Storm Chasers take big risks. I would watch the tornadoes on the Weather Channel. They're intriguing on one hand but dangerous on the other hand. I really feel for those who have to endure tornadoes destruction. A lot of people lost their lives during a tornado.