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STORM CHASING: FOX 9 rides along with tornado spotter

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After 20 years of storm chasing, heading right into the thick of a thunderstorm never gets old for Tim Purington.

"My heart is racing right now," he admitted. "We haven't had much to chase, so hopefully it turns out and pans out and we have a good day."

FOX 9 followed him up toward Paynesville through Grove City and just west of Litchfield as the clouds began moving menacingly.

"See this rotating back over here now?" Purington pointed out. "Okay, we gotta get out of here."

Nearby, egg-sized hail was dropping.

"This is a very strong storm. I can't see what's going on around the back," Purington said. "This is where we need to go."

Purington told FOX 9 News the best storm chasers get great pictures but stay dry and out of harm's way.

"We want to stay on the south side of the storm. That is going to give us the best view of any tornado that forms," he explained.

With wind gusts around 70 mph, Purington found what he was looking for.

"There's a funnel right there!" he exclaimed.

Yet nearly as soon as it formed, it was goon. Soon, the blue skies were back -- but the damage was left behind. The storm dropped a tree on a power line in Dassel and left the chaser waiting for round two.

"It's like a fisherman going for that big musky," Purington said. "You just never know when it's going to happen or what's going to happen and what it's going to look like. There is nothing like it."

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