Video: Massive Tornado in Wray, Colorado, Caught Up-close by Storm Chaser Reed Timmer

By Denisse Moreno, Epoch Times
May 9, 2016 10:33 am Last Updated: May 9, 2016 12:37 pm

A massive, deafening twister was caught on video up-close by well-known storm chaser Reed Timmer after a series of tornadoes took over eastern Colorado on May 7.

Timmer, who works for Accuweather, was chasing the storm with his wife Maria Timmer, a meteorologist for Fox News. The couple got extremely close with the tornado in Wray, Colo., while it swept across a road and lifted debris.

Maria Timmer also posted a video of the tornado on Twitter:

An incredible 360-degree video of the tornado was also uploaded on Facebook by Reed Timmer:

He said on Twitter the twister had a very strong motion at the base.

In an interview with Fox News, Timmer talked about how they approached the tornado that was caught on camera.

“It was the perfect tornado that we could get close to because it was moving north and so we could approach it from the south,” he said.

“It was also high-based and compact.”

A series of twisters touched down across the area on Saturday. The National Weather Service said at least four tornadoes hit in Yuma County, about 100 miles east of Denver, near Colorado’s borders with Nebraska and Kansas. The one caught on camera by the Timmers struck just north of the town of Wray about 6 p.m. MDT, and left five people with minor injuries, according to the National Weather Service Science and Operations officer Jeremy Martin. He also said the storm damaged some buildings and other structures.

Storm chasers reported that it traveled for about 10 miles on the ground.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.