THACKERVILLE, Okla. (KTEN) - "Everyone knew that they had just lived through something they could not have," said Stormy Rossi, a 12-year-old amateur weather-watcher who is part of the Father Daughter Storm Trackers team.

On the night of April 27, the Thackerville-based duo got caught in the middle of the EF-4 tornado in Marietta.

"We were headed home to get back to the other kids, and we happened to be on the wrong side of the storm —where you're not supposed to be — and went head-on into it," said Jesse Rossi.

The team thought they were done tracking for the night and dropped off Jesse's dad, who operates their radar, in Ardmore.

"I was mostly worried about my family and how my sister and my mom were holding up," Stormy said.

While they knew there was a warning in Marietta, Jesse believed they were on the south side of the storm.

They drove south on Interstate 35 and found themselves face-to-face with a tornado.

After a large chunk of debris almost destroyed their car, they took shelter at a gas station.

"You could definitely feel how scared everyone was in there — children, like babies, and there was a man with blood all over him," said Stormy.

Their encounter with the tornado that night put the dangers of storm-chasing into perspective.

"Even with training and doing it for three years, I mean that video proves it's just as dangerous as ever... it definitely changed," Jesse said. "When I drop my dad off, my radar goes back up immediately."

The Father Daughter Storm Trackers have both always loved extreme weather.

"Just like him, I've always been interested in storms... I mean, my name's Stormy," she said.

Over the past few years, they decided to take their passion to the next level and received Skywarn training from the National Weather Service.

When asked if April's near-death experience would be the last of their storm-tracking days, they said absolutely not.

"Oh, we'll never stop chasing," Jesse said.

But they plan to learn from their harrowing experience.

"I don't drive without my radar anymore," he concluded.

And they will always stay on the south side of the storm.