A storm chaser narrowly escaped death after getting trapped in the eye of a tornado as it formed over the Nebraska plains.
Reed Timmer set out Friday morning in his Dominator 3 vehicle to pursue a twister forming to the west of McCook when he suddenly found himself unable to avoid the rapidly-forming vortex.
The meteorologist and self-described ‘extreme’ storm chaser said he had no choice but to wait out the weather whilst recording the death-defying stunt.
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Storm chaser Reed Timmer recorded the moment he got caught in the eye of a tornado as it formed to the west of McCook, Nebraska, on Friday
Timmer shared a selfie of his muddied face after making it out of the twister unharmed
‘I was unable to get back to the vehicle and couldn’t see it, so I just turned my back to the wind and hoped for the best until it passed,’ Timmer told Accuweather.
He said Tornado Alley, a stretch of vulnerable land spanning parts of 12 states from Texas to North Dakota, is ‘certainly waking up with severe weather’ as peak twister season settles in.
At least 50 tornadoes roared across the central US over the weekend, laying waste to countless properties and spewing golf-ball-size hail.
Miraculously, no injuries have been reported.
The camera lens gets completely consumed by dust and debris kicked up by the twister
The one-minute, 16-second video ends as the sky begins to clear and the wind dies down
As a veteran weather enthusiast, Timmer is no stranger to close scrapes with tornadoes.
Back in 2016 he filmed a stunning video of a massive EF2 tornado tearing across Wray, Colorado.
The footage went viral and Timmer became notorious for his dedication to the perilous profession.
He has acknowledged the risks posed by his passion in the past, saying in a recent interview: ‘Life is incredibly fragile, and I hope storm chasers continue to work hard to practice their hobby safely during this storm season and beyond.’
Timmer (pictured) is a self-described ‘extreme’ storm chaser with a PhD in meteorology