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Weather Channel’s Austin Anderson To Undergo Surgery After Tornado Hit

Weather Channel camera operator and producer Austin Anderson–who was driving the channel’s “Tornado Hunt” truck when it was thrown about 200 yards by a tornado–is still in the hospital following the incident. Anderson is expected to undergo surgery this week for the injuries he suffered in the crash.

“Austin has braved many tornadoes with our teams in the field and has courageously pursued these severe weather systems in the name of science,” said a Weather Channel spokesperson in a statement. “He is like family to us here at The Weather Channel and we of course send our well-wishes and thoughts to Austin and his family for his speedy recovery.”

Anderson, along with on-air meteorologist Mike Bettes and a third, unidentified crew member were able to walk away from the crash, though Anderson’s injuries became apparent once they were taken to the hospital.

The full Weather Channel statement, below.

Austin was driving the Tornado Hunt vehicle when the tornado struck. He suffered several broken bones and is in the hospital. Although Austin will have to undergo surgery in the next few days, we are very relieved to report that doctors say he is expected to make a full recovery. Austin has braved many tornadoes with our teams in the field and has courageously pursued these severe weather systems in the name of science. He is like family to us here at The Weather Channel and we of course send our well-wishes and thoughts to Austin and his family for his speedy recovery.

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