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July 4th, 2011
09:38 AM ET

IMAX movie features storm chaser capturing video inside a tornado

The IMAX movie "Tornado Alley," documents Sean Casey's eight year mission to capture the perfect shot inside of a tornado.

In that eight-year period, he has done something no one else in history has done – designed and built a functional tank that allows him to physically intercept a tornado.

Casey, storm chaser and host of Discovery Channel's "Storm Chasers," joins us on AM to talk about his movie and shows Christine Romans and Ali Velshi his Tornado Intercept Vehicle (TIV).

"Tornado Alley" opened in New York City on July 1st and has been rolling out across the country to sold out theaters.


Filed under: Tornado • Weather
May 26th, 2011
09:34 AM ET

The thrill of the chase

For most, the recent tornadoes are some of the scariest things they will ever go through, but for some like Jeff Piotrowski and his wife Kathryn, who have been chasing storms for 35 years, it’s an adrenaline rush like no other.

The Piotrowskis chased the storm that devastated Joplin, Missouri and they tells their amazing story to CNN’s American Morning.


Filed under: Tornado
May 25th, 2011
11:05 AM ET

5 patients killed in tornado at Joplin's St. John's Medical Center

Joplin's St. John's Regional Medical Center is the only building still standing for miles in the tornado-ravaged city. Sunday's tornado claimed the lives of five of the 183 patients there.

CNN's Ali Velshi talks to Gary Pulsipher, CEO of the Center, and Dr. Sean Smith, Emergency Room Technician.


Filed under: Tornado • U.S. • Weather
May 25th, 2011
10:56 AM ET

Joplin couple survives tornado by hiding in their basement

Ella Smith and her husband sought refuge in the basement of their Joplin home when the tornado was bound to hit. Their home was destroyed and collapsed ontop of them; the two were pulled out from under the rubble and survived.


Filed under: Tornado • U.S. • Weather
May 24th, 2011
10:13 AM ET

Man tries to outrun the tornado, lands right in the middle of it

Will Lynch and his girlfriend were trying to get out of town before the tornado hit and instead wound up right in the middle of it. Not being able to recognize where he was by all of the destruction, his truck was picked up by the tornado and landed on another vehicle.

American Morning gets his story of survival.


Filed under: Tornado • Weather
May 24th, 2011
10:00 AM ET

Death toll of Joplin tornado rising

Sheriff Archie Dunn of Jasper County Missouri gives us the latest update on the recovery efforts in Joplin. Dunn speaks about the dangers of the current wreckage and how residents can move on.

So far 17 people have been rescued from the rubble but as of Tuesday morning the death toll still stands at 117.


Filed under: Tornado • Weather
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