EL RENO, Oklahoma (WKYT) Kentucky-native Brad Reynolds covers some of the biggest weather stories across the country and nearly died Friday while trying to cover tornadoes hitting Oklahoma.
Reynolds, who grew up in Whitesburg, was one of three people in The Weather Channel’s “Tornado Hunt 2013” car that was picked up by a powerful tornado near Oklahoma City.
All three storm chasers walked away from what easily could have been tragedy.
The tornado hunters were driving on Highway 81 near El Reno.
“I go out every spring and we chase tornadoes and try to let people know what’s coming their way,” Reynolds told WKYT’s Phil Pendleton.
On Friday night, Reynolds and his team saw several twisters come right at them.
“I remember it was really quiet and then I was holding onto anything I could, trying to brace myself for the fall,” Reynolds said.
He was in the back seat of the SUV and thinks he knows why he survived the crash.
“I started doing pushups three to four weeks ago, enough strength to grad things and hold on,” he told WKYT.
All three passengers had their seat belts on, and everyone walked away.
“I called my dad in Whitesburg right after it happened to let him know I’m alive,” he said.
Reynolds says the purpose of the tornado hunt is to find the deadly tornadoes and let people know they’re coming their way.
Reynolds says this is the fourth spring that he’s chased tornadoes for The Weather Channel. The rest of the year he works as a freelance photographer and has a small business in the Chicago area.