Parts of the central United States were hit by severe weather on Tuesday, with multiple tornadoes touching down near Dodge City in Kansas.
Tornadoes are common at this time of year in the US, but they are still extremely important news events, as storms of the ferocity we saw on Tuesday pose a very real threat to people’s lives.
It is, therefore, our job to source footage of the event responsibly so we can help news organisations around the world tell the story by providing them with video content.
Through an existing relationship with a storm chaser, Newsflare was able to obtain close-range footage of two tornadoes touching down near Dodge City, one of which was particularly large. The images were as impressive as they were terrifying.
According to local reports, at least two people were badly injured by the storms and, as you can see in an aftermath video we also obtained, the damage to property was extensive, with houses destroyed, power lines brought down and fences toppled.
By providing our clients with aftermath footage as well as video of the event itself, we were able to offer coverage from start-to-finish of what was a major news event, reported not just by weather networks, but also by news organisations across the US and the world – essentially a full story.
The fact that Newsflare values its relationships with existing members also meant that the storm chaser(s) who managed to capture the astonishing storm on camera trusted us to handle the material sensitively while also understanding the commercial value of the content.
The two videos from Kansas are obviously examples of the extreme weather content that we have in abundance on the platform, but weather doesn’t have to be extreme to spark the interest of news organisations.
In the last few weeks alone, we’ve sold videos to high-profile news organisations of people sunbathing in Victoria Park in London; an elk letting a man pick off its winter coat in Montreal in Canada and bizarre storm clouds flowing over an English village.
What I’m trying to say is – if you manage to shoot something weather-related, there is a good chance you could make some money by uploading it to Newsflare.
Of course, remember not to put yourself at risk. Storm chasers are often experienced and/or professional so stay safe if you are out and about filming by obeying any weather warnings put in place by local authorities.