05/21/2013 03:11 EDT | Updated 07/21/2013 05:12 EDT

Quebecer describes chasing tornadoes in Oklahoma

Storm chaser Jolyane Limoges was in Oklahoma when a tornado cut across the town of Moore, leaving 24 dead.

Limoges, originally from Montreal, says it was her first time chasing storms. She has been following weather patterns in the area for the past three weeks.

She was in the town of Norman, about 15 kilometres south of Moore, when the storm hit.

She said the tornado moved very quickly.

“It’s kind of weird. You can have blue skies and then a huge tornado,” she said.

Limoges, who is a nurse by profession, says she enjoys the adrenaline rush of storm-chasing. But she is thankful she missed this one.

“I think it would have broken my spirit,” she said.

“I felt guilty to love and chase those beautiful monsters. It was so deadly. I would not have wanted to see that. Not that one.”

While no one in her circle of acquaintances was killed by the tornado, she said one of her friends was hit by debris while covering the storm for a local tv channel.

Despite that, Limoges says she will continue to track storms.