Is storm chasing worth the risk?

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truckOKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Storm chasing isn’t for the faint of heart. And no one knows that better than Texas-native Austin Anderson, with The Weather Channel. He’s lucky to be alive after chasing a tornado near Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and living to tell the tale.

“When we realize we weren’t going to make it because the storm took a very quick left turn,” said Austin.

Austin says the tornado abruptly made a bee-line for the team, throwing their car 30-feet in the air before slamming it down in a nearby field.

Describing what happened next, Austin said, “Says is everybody OK? Is everybody OK? Says yes, yes.. Well let’s see if we can get out.”

Austin’s tally includes several broken bones in his back, a broken rib and a broken breast plate.

Far worse for the three men from another veteran storm chasing group who were after the same twister. Well respected storm chaser and meteorologist Tim Samaras, his son Paul and Carl Young died when their vehicle got caught up in the twister.

With one man thanking his lucky stars while other families make funeral arrangements, it makes you wonder if it’s worth the risk.