‘Stupid’ Storm Chasers Brought Traffic Jams During KS Severe Weather


Law enforcers in central Kansas say the spate of tornadoes last weekend brought with them another danger: storm chasers. The Associated Press said so many people were chasing severe weather that roads were jammed and emergency responders were hindered from doing their work. “It was outrageously stupid. People were driving crazy. It was dangerous,” said Dickinson County Administrator Brad Homman. “I’ve never seen anything like it in my 27 years of working in emergency service.”

Chancy Smith, director of Dickinson County Emergency Management, said some roads in the northwest section of the county were like “a funeral procession” Saturday and some storm chasers would not allow emergency vehicles to pass or drove over downed power lines. The criticism is not fair to professional storm chasers, said Lanny Dean, who operates a Tulsa, Okla.-based business called extremechasetours.com. Professionals educate the public and provide information to law enforcement, emergency workers and the weather service, Dean said.

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