The Storm Chaser.

  Raj Kumar
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Spectacular pictures of tornadoes, supercells and lightning by storm chaser Mike Hollingshead

A stormchaser has turned his hobby into a job, driving tens of thousands of miles every year to take spectacular photographs of extreme weather. Mike Hollingshead jumps in his car and races after storm warnings in the hope of capturing shots of tornadoes. He follows about 40 storms each year, clocking up around 20,000 miles

"This photograph was taken at the end of a day after seeing three tornadoes from the storm. The supercell is moving towards the York Nebraska truck stop"

Mr Hollingshead first started chasing storms in 1999. He quit his job at a corn milling plant in 2004 to dedicate himself to storm chasing. He now earns a living selling pictures and footage of storms. He lives in Blair, near Omaha, eastern Nebraska, which he describes as being in "Tornado Alley"

A Grand Island supercell. Mike said: "I watched it move slowly east and got this shot after sunset. It was actually pretty dark - the long exposure just makes it look lighter"

Hill City to Stockton Kansas, a tornadic supercell. Mike says: "This is one of my favourite storm shots. The cloud on the right is an inflow type of cloud - it marks the region between the rain-cooled downdraft air, which is right up against the rain core, and that of the warm, moist inflow air out ahead of the storm. As my dad pointed out to me, it is in the shape of an alligator head"

The North Omaha Tower is struck by lightning."Those bolts are going upward off the towers. It did this five times in about 15 minutes," Mike said

Mike says: "This storm was at least a top five chase of mine. It was amazing to follow for hours. It started near Rapid City South Dakota at around 4pm and was still a supercell into the night past 10pm"

Highway 12, Nebraska: a supercell spins across the countryside. Mike says: "This was an amazing storm which started about three hours drive west of home. I chased it from its birth until a bit after this shot. It was in amazing forms for hours. The rotating supercell took on a donut shape over this highway as it moved into Sioux City, Iowa, with tornado sirens wailing"

A storm with dramatic funnels and tornadoes in central Iowa

Lightning at sunset

Mindenmines, Missouri. Mike says: "A close lightning bolt at the end of a chase six hours from home. This one was really, really close. It was perhaps the second most return strokes I've seen on a bolt"

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