Close-up video of strong tornado in West Texas

A storm chaser encountered a large tornado up close in Texas’ Palo Duro Canyon.

It takes guts to chase tornadoes. But if you know what you’re doing and are an adrenaline junkie, there’s probably no greater thrill than witnessing a tornado from a safe distance. The key here is to know what you’re doing.

Even experienced storm chasers have lost their lives chasing tornadoes. Of course, if you grew up in this part of the country, you know all about tornadoes. But I would strongly advise against hunting without the proper equipment and training.

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Reed Timmer, PhD knows a thing or two about hunting. According to his page on

He also has a vehicle that looks like it could withstand a nuclear explosion. And that vehicle was put to the test yesterday, so much so that he blew the engine in it.

I must say I admire his enthusiasm. He sounds like a kid on a roller coaster at Six Flags. It’s clear he loves what he does. And I’m so grateful for people like him who help keep the rest of us safe.

WATCH: Tornado damage in Temple, Texas

Photos show the damage in Temple after a tornado touched down there on Wednesday, May 22.

Gallery credits: Meg Dowdy

(PHOTOS) Power outages and destruction: East Texas deals with storm aftermath

Photos shared by East Texas residents offer a glimpse into the aftermath of the storm. Volunteers, leaders and responders come together to coordinate response efforts. Emergency workers are actively helping residents in need after the devastation caused by the storm.

Gallery credit: Tara Holley

WARNING: These are the counties with the most tornadoes in Texas

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