To cover a possible widespread outbreak of tornadoes and severe storms, The Weather Channel has mobilized its team of reporters, including Jim Cantore and Mike Bettes. On April 27, Cantore is providing live reports from the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla. Mike Bettes is currently out on the road with TWC’s Tornado Track Team. As posted by The Weather Channel on Sunday, the risk for a widespread outbreak of severe storms and strong tornadoes exists today through Wednesday.
Jim Cantore, one of TWC’s most recognized meteorologists, has decades of experience dealing with tornadoes. Just last year, Cantore helped citizens after a deadly tornado hit Moore, Okla. He also reported live from Harrisburg, Joplin and Tuscaloosa during the aftermath of deadly tornadoes. In 2013, Jim joined tornado chaser Reed Timmer to explore the science of tornadoes.
Cantore is posting frequent updates on Twitter. On Sunday, he wrote, “Satellite shows increasing sunshine from LA into southern AR. This will add to the building instability.” He also posted on April 27, “Strong jet energy will flow under upper low over western KS and push across SEVERE zone over next several hours.”
Mike Bettes also has experience tracking tornadoes for The Weather Channel. He heads up the Tornado Track Team, which got caught up in the El Reno tornado in 2013 (see video above). According to Fox News on April 25, Bettes required stitches and swallowed some glass during the tornado. His cameraman, Brad Reynolds, suffered from five broken ribs, a cracked sternum and a broken cervical vertebra that required surgery to repair. Their SUV also received severe damage during the deadly El Reno tornado.
On Sunday, Mike Bettes is back on the road to track tornadoes for The Weather Channel. However, this time around, his team is taking more precautions. Bettes stated on air that he now always travels with a fellow meteorologist that tracks the storms while he reports live. In addition, Bettes and the tornado team will put a bigger buffer of 2-3 miles between it and tornadoes. “We’re staying safe,” he promised on April 27.
Jim Cantore and Mike Bettes could both wind up in Atlanta, home of The Weather Channel, later this week when the tornado risk moves into the Southeast. To stay abreast of the potential tornado outbreak, head to weather.com.
Tornado Week continues on TWC. “Tornado Alley,” a brand new series premieres at 9 p.m. EST on Monday, April 28. In addition to its new series, The Weather Channel will also air during prime time this week: “Tornado Road,” “Raging Nature,” “Twist of Fate,” “Building Invincible,” “Storm Risers,” and “Storm Stories.”
Tornado Week specials in 2014 include “Dangerous Day Ahead" (which recounts the El Reno tornado), ”The Truth About Twisters,” “Tornado 360,” and “Top Ten Worst Tornadoes.” Sam Champion will broadcast live from Moore, Okla. on May 1 and 2.