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03/10/2014
 During last year's floods in Colorado, emergency officials said they were fed up with people going into risky flood areas to get a new profile picture or to score some retweets. 

If you're thinking about taking a storm photo, remember: better safe than viral. 

That advice applies whether the event is a raging flood, an oncoming tornado, a forest fire or any disaster. In the last year famous storm chasers and professional firefighters lost their lives in a forest fire and a tornado. Amateur photographers are in greater danger because they lack experience. 

A spokesman for the University of Colorado said students were flocking to Boulder Creek to photograph one another with water cascading around them. 

They were risking their lives for Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Quoted in USA Today, a spokesman for the University, said they couldn't know how deep pools of water were. 

There could be electrical wire, glass, metal, or tree limbs in them. 

Some news organizations encourage readers to submit their weather photos to be featured. According to the National Weather Service, people go out into all kinds of weather to get a photo. If they get caught in it, there's a chance they aren't going to get out. 

The Weather Service also noted that sightseers were standing on bridges that could be compromised and were getting in the way of emergency personnel.Tornado season is almost here. If you see one, get to a safe place and save your life.
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