Local storm chasers more cautious


After three men died in an effort to study severe weather, not so much take pictures of it, storm chaser Dillon Killoren is doing some soul searching.

“Maybe I shouldn’t be as close as I have been,” he said.

A serious chaser since 2009, Killoren says getting as close as possible means better video, and a bigger rush. The end result as been, up until now, worth the risk he said, “It’s to get the shot, you know, the shot that we love.”

Tyler Constantini was in Oklahoma May 31, chasing the same storm that killed Tim Samaras, his son Paul, and Carl Young.

“Hopefully do a little soul searching and try to figure out what we need to do to try to stay safer out there. But this storm was the most erratic chaotic storm, you couldn’t stay up with it,” he told CNN.

Admittedly fascinated by weather and the power of mother nature Killoren says this tragedy wont scare him away, however, “It has me thinking twice about chasing in higher populated areas.”

He’ll stick with the tornado hunt and like many other chasers after this weekend will give these howling monsters their space.

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