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Storm Chaser Proposes To Boyfriend In Front Of An Actual Tornado

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Asking someone to marry you is already one of the scariest moments in a person’s life. You’re about to make a lifelong commitment without nearly enough information to make such a decision. It’s terrifying!

But professional storm chaser Joey Krastel recently decided to make an already scary moment even more gut-wrenching by adding actual danger to the equation. In true storm chaser fashion, Joey popped the question in front of an actual tornado.

Joey is a meteorologist and risk analyst for the Maryland Emergency Manage Agency, but he’s been a storm lover for as long as he can remember. Ever since seeing his first tornado at age four, (and getting over his fear of them), he’s been obsessed with them.

“It was at that moment where I knew everything I wanted to do from then on out,” he told NBC News. “Every meteorologist has a weather story from when they were little that defined their path.”

Joey estimates that he’s chased over 70 storms in his career.

Joey’s now-fiancee, Chris Scott, is also a storm chaser. Chris first caught the tornado bug when he and his father watched Twister, the classic 90’s disaster movie starring Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton.

Chris and Joey’s mutual love of extreme weather events brought them together. Before the couple met, they followed each other on social media. But one day Chris made his move, messaging Joey, “Hey, do you actually chase tornadoes?”

The tornado proposal wasn’t spontaneous–Joey has been planning it for a while. “It was always in the back of my mind to get engaged during storm chasing,” he said. “I felt like it would be this perfect way to seal the deal.”

And last Tuesday, Joey finally had his opportunity. That evening, a tornado touched down near Kansas City, injuring 15 people and prompting the Douglas County Office of Emergency Management to declare a “tornado emergency.” Thankfully, there were no fatalities.

Joey and Chris had travelled to the area and were chasing the tornado from Salinas to Tipton. It was a hectic day as you might imagine, so Joey had to seize the first opportunity. “It all just kind of came together and happened so quickly,” he said. “I was like ‘OK, this is it.'”

Joey got down on one knee, and Chris said yes.