As a massive tornado in Kansas descended on them, experienced storm chaser Joey Krastel, thought it was a real and exhilarating way to show his love for his boyfriend, now-fiancé, Chris Scott.
Krastel is a meteorologist and risk analyst for the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, and saw his first tornado when he was four.
“It was at that moment where I knew everything I wanted to do from then on out,” Krastel, 27, told NBC News. “Every meteorologist has a weather story from when they were little that defined their path.”
Disastrous storms brought Krastel and his now-fiancé, Chris Scott, together. Scott used to watch storms with his father and his favorite movie as a child was 1996’s Twister, a film about a storm-chasing couple on the brink of divorce who must join forces to create an advanced weather alert system during a record outbreak of tornadoes in Oklahoma. Scott, 23, and Krastel had been following each other on Instagram, where Krastel posts pictures of the storms he sees, for a while until one day Scott sent a message.
“Hey, do you actually chase tornadoes?” Krastel recalls Scott asking at the time.