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Storm Hunters in the heart of hurricanes


Click on the image of Storm Hunter Mark Robinson to watch him chase hurricanes
Click on the image of Storm Hunter Mark Robinson to watch him chase hurricanes

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

October 28, 2010 — The Weather Network's Storm Hunter Mark Robinson is back again. And this time it's all about hurricanes. He's captured dramatic footage from Hurricane Earl in Nova Scotia and Hurricane Igor in Bermuda. Watch now!

Hurricane Earl left trees uprooted in Nova Scotia
Hurricane Earl left trees uprooted in Nova Scotia

Mark Robinson is a meteorologist here at The Weather Network and he has been chasing storms for 10 years. We've showed you his exciting footage from Tornado Alley earlier this year, and now Robinson has taken his chasing to a whole new level: Hurricanes.

He travelled to Nova Scotia first to capture the effects of Hurricane Earl and then later hit Bermuda as Hurricane Igor targeted the island. The best part is, he caught it all on tape.

“Last time we were trying to stay outside the tornado and that's sort of the trick to not get killed by a tornado. But in the case of hurricanes we're aiming for the most dangerous part of the storm, right into the heart of the whole thing.”

Robinson says that racing for a target zone of a hurricane can have challenges of its own.

“When we went to Hurricane Earl, we had to drive from Toronto to Halifax, so that's 24 hours of driving. And then it was another four hours to our beginning target zone and we were exhausted at that point.”

Despite the tedious travel time and exhaustion, Robinson adds that it was definitely all worth it.

“I love being able to experience hurricanes on the Canadian east coast because they are relatively rare... and oh boy, did we see giant waves and screaming winds. It was great.”

Robinson captures Hurricane Igor in Bermuda
Robinson captures Hurricane Igor in Bermuda

As the hurricane season is beginning to wrap up and the winter months draw near, the Storm Hunter is starting to change focus.

“Now it's time for snow squalls,” says Robinson. “It's kind of like chasing a hurricane, only you have to bundle up with so much winter gear. I love the winter storms because you can actually film the wind going by so it's an incredible type of storm.”

Watch our Storm Hunter special online now. Click on the image of Storm Hunter Mark Robinson (at the top of this page) to launch a video player and watch the hurricane chase.

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With files from Lisa Varano

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