An on-air personality for Weather Channel is back on the job after enduring a weather-related ordeal. TVNewser.com reports that meteorologist Mike Bettes has returned for the network’s “Tornado Week” after getting thrown in his truck by a powerful tornado last year.
On May 31, Bettes was thrown about 200 yards by the El Reno tornado while in a “Tornado Hunt” truck.
“Bettes was left with cuts on his face, hands, and arms. He also swallowed glass and got three stitches on his left hand. His photographer Austin Anderson experienced even more severe injuries, but has fully recovered,” the story reports.
Bettes told the publication: “I definitely had symptoms of PTSD, but time has helped, as well as the support from my family and co-workers. Ultimately, knowing how much our viewers rely on us to bring them timely tornado warnings has motivated me to report from the field again.”
This year, Bettes says he’s planning “multiple exit routes” in case a tornado makes an unexpected turn, and plans to keep a “large buffer zone” between his crew and storms. “Tornado Week” starts this week on the Weather Channel.