Van’s Weather Kid survivor of Joplin tornado

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Tonight, Van’s Weather Kid has a weather story of his own.

Tayton Highly, a 9-year-old from Guilford County, spends summers with his dad in Joplin, Missouri.

Tayton and his dad were in the eye of a tornado that tore through Joplin on May 22, 2011. 

His father covered him with his own body while the two took cover underneath a concrete staircase. By the end of it all, their apartment complex had been leveled -- but they were both unhurt.

Now, Tayton says the experience has helped him figure out what he wants to be when he grows up.

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