These are the incredible weather snaps captured by a Briton who was afraid of thunder and lightning - before dedicating his life to chasing storms.

James Menzies, 31, grew up in sleepy Guildford, Surrey - but ditched village life to take up a job chasing some of Mother Nature's deadliest storms.

He now spends most days hurtling around Tornado Alley in the midwestern USA in search of the catastrophic twisters, cyclones and lightning storms.

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Electric: James captured dramatic images in 'Tornado Alley'

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Eye of the storm: The incredible images are a far cry from sleep Guildford where James grew up

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Dark clouds: The dramatic photographs show what happens when nature turns bad

James, who has chased storms since the tender age of 13, upped sticks to study Meteorology in 1998 at Oklahoma University.

And after graduating and struggling to find work in the UK, he made the drastic switch to Norman, Oklahoma - where more than 3,000 tornadoes strike every year.

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  • A super cell forming over Harper County, Kansas. (Photo credit: James Menzies/Barcroft Media)

  • A tornado breaks down from a super cell over Harper County, Kansas. (Photo credit: James Menzies/Barcroft Media)

  • A close up of the tornado breaking out from the super cell storm over Harper County, Kansas. (Photo credit: James Menzies/Barcroft Media)

  • A tornado ripping its way through a field over Harper County, Kansas. (Photo credit: James Menzies/Barcroft Media)

  • A tornado tears through the town of Brice, Texas. (Photo credit: James Menzies/Barcroft Media)

  • Lightning strikes behind storm chaser James Menzies' house in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo credit: James Menzies/Barcroft Media)

  • Three forks of lightning strike open water in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo credit: James Menzies/Barcroft Media)

  • A mother ship super cell above Wynnewood, Oklahoma. (Photo credit: James Menzies/Barcroft Media)

  • A cylindrical super cell dominates the sky above Seymour, Texas. (Photo credit: James Menzies/Barcroft Media)

  • Storm chaser James Menzies. (Photo credit: James Menzies/Barcroft Media)