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This is the second installment of an interview with Reed Timmer, star of Discovery Network's Storm Chasers and the daredevil behind the new--and even more extreme--online series Tornado Chasers.Just Luxe's Lena Katz talks more with Timmer about weather-related hotel hells and why troubled travelers should try not press the panic button.
LK: Given a situation where hotels recommend guests evacuate and it’s just too hard logistically to do it – if the hotel is sturdy and there’s no risk of physical danger as long as everyone stays inside – how bad could it really be for guests to just stay put?
RT: A few years ago we were documenting Hurricane John in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. While we were granted permission to cover the storm from a sturdy hotel with our media passes, all of the tourists who didn't evacuate were forced into an underground space that clearly wasn't large enough to comfortably accommodate them. We went down there to check it out, and the smell was horrifying, the food was limited and worse than you’d see in a prison. You could see it in the peoples’ faces that they were on the verge of mental breakdowns. PLEASE do not put yourself in that situation unless you have no choice.
Reed Timmer, star of Storm Chasers on Discovery Network, and the daredevil behind the new--even more extreme--online series Tornado Chasers, monitors worrisome weather warnings as closely as the rest of us do. Maybe even more. But right about the time we start freaking out over a possible mega-blizzard looming over the hotel we’re heading to, Timmer is like, “Let me see…how fast can I get there?” He’s prepping his armored tank, The Dominator, to head right out to the watch zone and cover the storm.
For those crazy few of you thinking, “How can I get a seat in this armored tank?” Lucky you. Timmer’s new company, Extreme Tornado Tours, is currently bringing people out to view Mother Nature’s most terrifying tantrums from a front-row seat.
For the 90% of us just trying to figure out whether we should a) pack an emergency blizzard/hurricane kitb)tell the boss that on this business trip, we will not be driving to any meetings, or c) cancel the trip altogether, we spoke to Timmer and he gave us some great tips on how to handle severe weather while on the road and some awesome (if harrowing) hotel stories from his many storm-chasing years.