Valley storm chaser gives first-hand account of Oklahoma twister

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PHOENIX  -- When it comes to severe weather, many people are fascinated with the extreme power of Mother Nature. In fact, hundreds of storm chasers have been following some of these recent twisters.

Valley resident Bryan Snider was following a storm in Oklahoma Friday when that storm turned deadly. He talked to 3TV by phone, and also shared some if his time-lapse video from the wild weather.

"I was about two and a half miles to the southwest of the storm," Snider told April Warnecke by phone on Monday's Good Morning Arizona. "We were chasing the storm, and honestly, the storm just blew up, like within 30 minutes."

He said he's never seen anything like this storm, and also couldn't believe how many storm chasers were at the scene.

"Honestly, the biggest difference between chasing in Arizona and chasing in Oklahoma is the amount of storm chasers," he says. "There were literally hundreds of them."

As the chase went on, Snider noticed the extreme congestion on the roads. "We have never seen so many cars trying to evacuate an area after a tornado. It was like a hurricane evacuation," he said.

Snider admits storm chasing has its risks. "It's one thing to go out and chase storms, but you really need to know what you're doing or be with somebody who knows," he says. "You just see an everyday person out chasing the storm, and you're not sure how much weather knowledge they have or if they're just looking for a storm."