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emad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:51 AM
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Storm chaser builds an armored Ford F-450 to drive into tornados
Storm chaser builds an armored Ford F-450 to drive into tornados
PHIL BERG

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Earlier this year near Paducah, Texas, cinematographer Sean Casey got the scary part of his wish. The holy grail of all footage is to get a tornado coming right at youfilming with a wide-angle lens, and having the tornado hit you, impact the cameraand that shot really hasnt been gotten yet, says the seven-year storm-chasing veteran. If we can get that on IMAX, it would be a really nice, nice shot.

Because of heavy rain, his bulky IMAX camera didnt get the shot. Casey was hit by a tornado twice that day, events he recalls with a calm, articulate tone belying that average folks think the feat is totally, completely, insanely nuts.

The first was like being sandblasted by 70- to 80-mph winds. The last tornado was rain-wrapped. You couldnt see the tornado. We just drove right into it, recalls Casey. The wind reading was 55 meters per second, so maybe 110 mph.

Until three years ago Casey would never have tried driving into a tornado. One year we had a pickup and we had the camera on a helicopter mount in the back. We were trying to get to the mode where you can film at any time. It was always a hard deal to jump out of a car, set up your sticks , set up the camera and then get your shot. But we were still exposed in the back of the pickup. Going down the highway at 80 mph, if something happens youre dead.

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Coventina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:52 AM
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1. Well, that sounds like a Darwin Award waiting to be given
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Dr.Phool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 09:09 AM
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2. I could use one of those to drive into Ybor City!
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