Tornado tourism provides up-close encounters with severe weather

April 17, 2019 - 5:52 am
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A Colorado company offers vacation packages that will challenge even the most stout-hearted traveler. Silver Lining Tours takes people on tornado-chasing tours. 

The company offers simple photography tours, and for the more courageous, they will take clients up close to twisters. The Silver Lining website tells visitors they can see and feel the dangerous weather phenomena.

Silver Lining runs it tours in areas where the weather is most active, said Roger Hill, who runs the company with his wife. Their clients range from celebrities to soccer moms.

"In 21 years we've never, ever had a tour that did not see at least severe storms," Hill said.

The latest outlook from @NWSSPC this morning has now almost all of the #KQ2 Viewing Area under a marginal risk of severe weather...meaning that an isolated strong to severe storm is possible later on this evening. #Weather pic.twitter.com/154RPsPaaU

— KQ2 (@kq2) April 17, 2019

Where there are tornados, there is devastation. The company's vans are stocked with high-quality first aid kits, just in case.

"We've had several instances where we've stopped and jumped in on the search and rescue portion, trying to find people buried under rubble," Hill said. "Even an animal that's injured, we'll stop and help."

One tour in 2010 resulted in a record 43 tornado sightings. 

Tours last anywhere from five to 10 days and cost nearly $3,000. Tour dates for 2019 are nearly sold out. 

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