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Taking Silicon Valley by Storm "Tornado Alley," "Storm Chasers" star Sean Casey rumbles into The Tech Museum with armor-plated, 17,500-pound Tornado Intercept Vehicle

Press Release Date 
Wednesday, 10 August, 2011
Meet Sean Casey. He chases tornadoes. For more than a decade, filmmaker and professional storm chaser Casey has gone in search of one of the most destructive of all atmospheric phenomena - just to get a one-of-a-kind shot inside a twister. He and his courageous cohort - Marcus Gutierrez - spend several months a year capturing severe weather footage on film. And on August 16 at The Tech Museum, Casey and crew unleash the thrill-a-minute Northern California movie premiere "Tornado Alley," which invites audiences to experience a tornado's destructive power. "Tornado Alley" captures the wild rides of those who chase storms for scientific data or cinematic pay dirt. The destination for these storm chasers is Tornado Alley, a group of mid-western states that stretches from South Dakota to Texas, where 80 percent of the world's most violent tornadoes originate. Casey, who also stars in the Discovery Channel's Storm Chasers series, carries out his intrepid search with the help of a custom built tank, complete with wind-resistant flaps and anchor spikes. The Tornado Intercept Vehicle - or TIV - can withstand winds up to 190 mph and is fitted with bullet-resistant windows. Referred to by the team as "an armored tripod on wheels," the TIV allows the crew's camera to capture the action 360-degrees from the military-style turret. Said Casey on hunting down the big one: "It's a lot of fear, a lot of excitement. When the winds hit, it is that feeling of small terror of, 'What is this going to be like?' When you realize this isn't going to hurt you, you can relax a little. When you get hail in this vehicle, it is like putting your head in a drum. Like you are at a five-year-old boy's birthday party and you give them ball peen hammers and they are hitting it." ********************************************************************* EDS: News crews are encouraged to join in ride-alongs or broadcast weather reports from the TIV. Casey is also available for early morning/afternoon in-studio segments. WHAT: Sean Casey and Marcus Gutierrez, stars of new IMAX film "Tornado Alley" and Discovery Channel series "Storm Chasers," appear at The Tech Museum with co-star tank, TIV. Guests ride inside the custom-armored vehicle and spend some time with Sean to talk about his work and the important science and technology that go into understanding weather, patterns, and safety issues during violent storms. Sneak peek of the new film at 10 a.m. WHEN: 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 16, 2011 WHERE: The Tech Museum, 201 S. Market St. San Jose, CA. The TIV will be parked in front of the building Contact: Roqua Montez Director of Public Relations +1 (408) 795-6225 rmontez@thetech.org About The Tech Museum The Tech Museum is a hands-on science and technology institution designed to engage people of all ages and backgrounds in experiences that educate, inform, provoke thought, and inspire action. Ensconced in the heart of Silicon Valley, the museum captures the spirit of the region through innovative content and programs such as The Tech Challenge, our annual team design competition for youth, and the internationally renowned The Tech Awards, which recognizes technology to benefit humanity. Daily, The Tech Museum celebrates the present and encourages the development of pioneering ideas for a more promising future.