Tech Student Chases Storms in Arkansas; Talks About Devastation

Texas Tech Junior Chris Sullivan and his friends chased a deadly tornado through Arkansas.
By: Meredith Hillgartner

LUBBOCK,TX- A Texas Tech student risks his life for his passion.

22 year old Tech junior Chris Sullivan is a Geoscience major with a minor in Atmospheric science.

Storm chasing is his hobby, and that led him to Little Rock, Arkansas on Sunday where he met with this year's first, and hopefully only, deadly tornado.

The EF 3 funnel cloud ripped through the towns of Mayflower and Vilonia. 

Sullivan was in the middle of the action. 

"The sky just got eerily, eerily dark and green and the lighting was real close," Sullivan said. "They put out tornado emergencies for these towns and we got out of it's way fortunately."

After the storm passed, Sullivan and his group of fellow atmospheric science students assisted first responders, then completed their mission to take pictures and assess the storm's damage.

"That is part of storm chasing," Sullivan said. "That is hard and you regret doing [it], and that is one of our main purposes out there is to see storms and take pictures and study them but in a way it is to keep people safe."


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