A powerful storm system has resulted in dozens of tornadoes touching down in the central United States in what is being described as the biggest severe weather system to hit the country this year.
The weather system is threatening pockets of 18 states over the next few days.
“Tornado Alley is certainly waking up with significant severe weather,” Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer said.
So far Kansas and Nebraska have bore the brunt with several tornados, powerful thunder storms and golf-ball sized hail lashing parts of the state on Friday.
Mr Timmer is part of a storm chasing team with Accuweather and caught some incredible footage of a tornado forming.
He said he got a bit too close and was lucky to get out of the situation with just minor scratches.
“I was unable to get back to the vehicle and couldn’t see it, so I just turned my back to the wind and hoped for the best until it passed,” Timmer told Accuweather.
— Reed Timmer (@ReedTimmerAccu) May 18, 2019
Mr Timmer started with the goal of chasing the tornado spawning systems but by the end of the afternoon found himself staring the tornado in the face just west of McCook, Nebraska.
According reports some of storm trackers counted as many as eight tornadoes in the state in the one night.
As of Saturday there have been no reports of injuries and miraculously the only reported damage so far is a Nebraskan farm house.