These two certainly have a whirlwind romance.
Storm chaser and meteorologist Joey Krastel proposed to his now-fiance, Chris Scott, in front of a tornado in Kansas and the image has since gone viral. The image, which Krastel posted on Tuesday, already has over 10,000 likes on Twitter. Krastel captioned the picture with Scott, “The 2 loves of my life.”
Krastel works as risk analyst for the Maryland Emergency Management Agency. He saw his first tornado at four and since then became obsessed with them. Since he began chasing storms, Krastel estimates that he has documented about 70 storms in total. And big storms are what brought he and his fiance together.
Scott slid into Kristel’s DMs because he had been fascinated by storm chasers ever since the 1996 Helen Hunt movie Twister, proving that Helen Hunt can still bring gays together after all these years.
“Hey, do you actually chase tornadoes?” was Scott’s first message, according to Krastel..
“That’s why it was always in the back of my mind to get engaged during storm chasing,” Krastel told NBC News. “I felt like it would be this perfect way to seal the deal.”
The storm that served as their proposal backdrop happened in Tipton, Kansas, after the two set out to chase a tornado that later inspired the National Weather Service to issue a “tornado emergency” in several counties. Though the tornado caused no fatalities, at least 15 people suffered from storm-related injuries, NBC News reports. Krastel told NBC News that the photo doesn’t reflect how close they were to the storm, which got even closer after the picture was taken and the proposal took place. The impending danger of a storm is now officially a kink and we do not kink-shame, we kink-stan. #Kinksatpride.
“I called to my friends to get back in the car,” Krastel said. “I was just so emotional just because it was my happiest place, being with him next to the storms.”
Storm chasing sounds fun, but when it comes to thrill-seeking, I’ll just stick to dating Scorpios.