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Oklahoma tornadoes: Television storm chaser loses vehicle windows

Television storm chaser counts himself lucky to be alive.
BY MEL BRACHT Published: May 26, 2011

KOKH-25 storm chaser Chris Novy got a little too close to a tornado on Tuesday near Calumet, and his vehicle's windows were blown out.

“I was lucky to be alive,” Novy told the station. “It was too close for comfort.”

Novy, a KOKH assistant chief engineer, said he has been chasing and spotting tornadoes for nearly 25 years and teaches classes on storm chasing.

Novy said he got caught in the outer periphery of the tornado after heavy rains made it difficult to see. “Suddenly all the windows started blowing out of the vehicle,” he said. “All I did was lay on the passenger seat and ride it out.”

His predicament will become a lesson for future storm-chasing classes.

“In rain-wrapped situations, double or quadruple your safety distance,” he said.

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