While millions are fleeing Hurricane Irene, Reed Timmer, one of the stars from the reality TV show called Storm Chasers on Discovery, is currently driving his armored research vehicle called The Dominator straight into the eye of the storm. He was interviewed tonight on Nightline and said he has never seen a hurricane quite like Irene. Timmer usually chases tornadoes on Storm Chasers, but headed east to intercept Hurricane Irene.
Below are a few of Reed Timmer’s most recent Twitter posts about his voyage to capture Hurricane Irene in all of its fury for Discovery’s Storm Chasers…
Currently in position for Irene. Mass chaos!
Will be putting your armor to the test with D2 in the eye wall of Hurricane Irene! Like a tornado intercept but several hours.
Same vehicle, just more preparation on as, food, water, chain saws, water-proofed cams and have to watch surge closely. Oh yeah. First cane for the dom. We need to add flotation bags for next season.
D2 crossing the Smokey Mountains heading toward NC Outer Banks. Hurricane heading on a wobbly path.
It could be one of those hybrid storms. Probably tornadoes if moisture could get up there.
We are heading to Nags Head, NC in DS. Intensifying again.
More About Reed Timmer:
Reed’s first official storm chase was at the age of 13, when he intercepted a severe storm in his front yard and was pelted by golf-ball size hail that destroyed his family’s video camera. Ever since that day, he’s been obsessed with extreme weather and storm chasing. Reed pursued this passion by studying meteorology at the University of Oklahoma. After documenting a massive F5 tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma on May 3, 1999, Reed became even more obsessed with extreme storm chasing. Since then, he has driven over 50,000 miles every year from the Mexican Border to Canada, and has captured over 200 tornadoes on film. In addition to storm chasing year-round, Reed is currently working toward a PhD in meteorology at the University of Oklahoma. In 2003, Reed started TornadoVideos.net, a company devoted to extreme storm chasing footage and research.
During the first season of Storm Chasers, a 300 pound TVN tornado probe was successfully deployed the in the path of a fast-moving twister in Kansas, and captured High Definition video from inside the circulation. During the off-season, Reed took his mission to the next level, and developed an armored research vehicle, the TVN Dominator. Outfitted with mobile radar, the vehicle was designed to measure vertical winds at the base of tornados. This year, Reed has improved The Dominator by adding military-grade Rhino lining to the exterior, and upgrading to half-inch polycarbonate Lexan windows. The shape of the vehicle has also been altered for superior aerodynamics. Enhanced mobile radar and new probe-launching tornado canons will boost the team’s research capabilities.
More about Storm Chasers on Discovery:
Each spring, changing weather patterns across 700,000 square miles of the Great Plains known as “Tornado Alley” create the conditions for the world’s most violent tornado outbreaks. The Storm Chasers team of the world’s top storm chasers (including Reed Timmer) heads out to track down twisters, but their goal is to go inside… and survive.
The Latest News on Hurricane Irene:
- 2 million people have been ordered to leave the East Coast.
- Irene is currently lashing the Carolinas as it starts its East Coast climb.
- 23 million people are now under a Hurricane Warning.
- 6,000 air flights may be canceled due to Irene.
- Irene has the potential to produce flooding rains, high winds, downed trees (on houses, cars, power lines) and widespread power outages. Significant impacts along the immediate coast include high waves, surge and beach erosion.
- New York City officials ordered nearly 300,000 residents to leave waterfront neighborhoods and announced the impending shutdown of the city’s vast transit system, two unprecedented precautionary steps forced by the threatened fury of Hurricane Irene.
- Atlantic City, NJ closes its eleven casinos, only the third time in 33 years.
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