NewsChannel 11 storm chaser catches two tornados on video - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/30/09

NewsChannel 11 storm chaser catches two tornados on video

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - When Chief Meteorologist John Robison says there is a big storm coming most people take cover, but NewsChannel 11's storm chasing team, led by David Drummond, heads straight to the action to keep you updated on all the latest activity, and get some pretty amazing video in the process.

"We felt like it was really going to pick up as soon as it got up into a little deeper moisture and closer to the caprock, and sure enough it went crazy," said Drummond. When severe weather hits, he hits the road. "I'm right next to a big tornado. Huge cone tornado, right in the field about 200 yards up from us," he said while driving. 

Wednesday the storm chasers saw two twisters. "The original one is still going to our south here. Very incredible tornado. It keeps changing shape pretty rapidly. The second one is now taking on the same shape as the first one," Drummond said as he described the scene. The team encounters high winds, heavy rains, hail, and mud, but that doesn't stop them.  However, they're careful not to get too close.

Drummond says Wednesday's tornadoes were powerful enough to cause damage.  "It's going to do pretty bad damage, and a mobile home would be destroyed. There wouldn't be anything left. A house, you know depending on how it's constructed would get pretty significant damage. So it's pretty lucky that it didn't hit anything that we saw other than some telephone poles. So, it could have been a lot worse," he said.

You can watch more of Drummond's tornado video by clicking the link below.

Web Extra: Uncut Video from Severe Weather on the South Plains
Check out exclusive, un-cut video from the storms that marched their way across the South Plains.

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