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"Tornado Tourists" Getting in the Way of First Responders

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Tourists are flocking to sign up for vacation packages filled with storm chasing. For them it's a trip of a lifetime, but some emergency workers find the tour groups a nuisance during what can be life and death situations.  Rush County Emergency Management Director Jim Fisher recalled what happened in early May, the night a tornado wrapped in a wall of rain was about to roll through LaCrosse.  When he needed to move some storm spotters down a county road, it was blocked by a tour van and a group of sightseers with tripods set up in the middle of the road.  The Hutchinson News reported that one of the tour members told a Rush County storm spotter he had paid $1,000 to storm chase and he had every right to be there.

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