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Published June 08, 2011, 10:19 PM

TV's 'Storm Chasers' Chase After Donations

While most of us think it is a good idea to take cover during a tornado, some others make their living chasing down even the deadliest of storms.

Stars of the Discovery Channel's Storm Chasers TV were not after a huge storm in the area. The crew raised money for a city that is still recovering after a recent, headline-making storm.

Finding people to donate is not challenging, because the vehicle they use is quite a crowd-pleaser.

"It's awesome! It goes into tornadoes," Jessica Tennison, a huge fan of the show, said about the TIV's capabilities.

"People are excited to see this vehicle, right? It's like the carnival has come to town," said Sean Casey, a star of 'Storm Chasers'.

The 14,000 lb tornado intercept vehicle out a lot of people with digital cameras and camera phones, plus even some weather junkies.

"The lightning and when it gets dark and when the thunder rolls, I like that!" said Linda Babinski.

In East Grand Forks the crew was not after an EF4, they were chasing after some cash.

"When we have downtime we raise money for Joplin, Missouri," said Casey.

To help the people there deal with the aftermath of 200 mile per hour winds that tore through 8,000 structures. Casey said it is the other side of what you see on their TV show.

"Storm chasing, you get excited at the same time that excitement gets squashed by the destruction that has been going on," he said.

All ages found a little extra cash for people in Joplin.

"Then they can buy new homes, and new cars and maybe a new pet," said nine-year-old Sam Lembke.

The Storm Chasers do this kind of fund raising all over the country, and even made over $6,600 in Omaha. In East Grand Forks they raised over $750 by the end of the day. . They want to get as many people as they can for donations, because a

All of that money will be donated in East Grand Forks' name, which will be quite the crowd-pleaser for people in Joplin.

"We've witnessed a lot of destruction this year and your heart just goes out to these communities that are affected," said Casey.