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    OK - Storm Chasers Dead, El Reno

    Tim Samaras, his son Paul Samaras and Carl Young all died while chasing the tornado in El Reno, OK Friday evening. Tim founded TWISTEX and was on the Discovery Channels Storm Chasers.



    RIP Tim, Paul and Carl. I just can't believe it

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/02/us/mid...html?hpt=hp_t1

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    Prayers for their loved ones, prayers for us all.

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    These guys were all about the science and educating the public. Such a shame.

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    I don't know if this is true or not, but pretty cool if it is.

    From Twitter:
    Matthew Gaylor ‏@MatthewGaylor 2m
    Happening NOW, spotters line up in to form the initials T.S. for Tim Samaras. Such a great loss. pic.twitter.com/8Xjp88GXEj
    Last edited by Shelby1; 06-02-2013 at 11:59 AM. Reason: never mind didn't work

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    I wonder if they were in their vehicle or if they had took shelter?

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    So Sad!!! Prayers to all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonnie Blue View Post
    I wonder if they were in their vehicle or if they had took shelter?
    They were over taken by the storm because it did a sharp direction change, so I assume they were in their vehicle
    http://www.weather.com/news/tornado-...4ea3c6719124e6

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    I'm really surprised people hadn't died years ago chasing. Few people have died in car accidents but not getting caught in tornado. Some get way to close and take too many chances. You really can't get any good video when you are up close, tornadoes are so huge.

    Such a shame! Watched him on tv. He was careful and considerate. Prayers to his family.
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    Tor:Con Index link below. Will show you the probability of a tornado happening in your area.
    http://www.weather.com/news/tornado-torcon-index

    FEMA's link for Emergency Supplies list below or what you need to survive for three days in case help is not immediately available to you.
    http://www.ready.gov/document/family-supply-list

    You can also purchase a weather radio which will inform you of severe weather even if your electricity goes out. Runs on batteries of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shelby1 View Post
    They were over taken by the storm because it did a sharp direction change, so I assume they were in their vehicle
    http://www.weather.com/news/tornado-...4ea3c6719124e6
    So sad...their poor families...
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    When I was young and fairly certain I would live forever, we used to storm chase, back when television in a small town was only the three network channels, back long before cell phones, back when, if one spotted something, one would look for the nearest sheriff's deputy at an intersection and tell him about it, and nothing more.

    One Saturday my pal and I saw, across a valley and about three miles away, a very small tornado - it looked slim, graceful - chipping away at a hillside, almost elegantly dipping down.

    We did notify that deputy then for some reason took the lake road instead of the highway back to town. And the storm caught us. Lateral winds lifted my small car though not entirely off the ground, up three times then down, sideways - bump, bump, bump - until the rear wheel was nearly in a rain-filled ditch.

    That cured us for the summer from future storm chasing that year.

    Those who came later and did it seriously, to protect and to educate, like these men, deserve full marks and full praise.

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    Very sad news, indeed! Praying for all those lost... And the survivors of such devastation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shelby1 View Post
    They were over taken by the storm because it did a sharp direction change, so I assume they were in their vehicle
    http://www.weather.com/news/tornado-...4ea3c6719124e6


    I have read that their cameras are missing and they are asking people to return them if found. I also remember watching the Weather Channel that night and they did say the tornado took an unusual turn (not what they usually do) and they think that's why so many people were trapped trying to outrun it. Just so very sad.

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    Lightening was my biggest concern with storm chasing. Then hydroplaning or getting in a car wreck was second, tornado last. DH and I are very very careful, we don't get too close, always have the car turned and ready to flee if needed. Never chase at night, or in a city or anything rain wrapped. Never chase on dirt or gravel road either. We listen to weather radio, have our detailed maps and watch the barometer. And we look around constantly since multiple tornadoes can form.

    As we've gotten older we only chase nearby since we live in tornado alley and the storms eventually come to us. Haven't chased in a while, one no storms and two my aching back!

    I really feared many more people on the highway would be killed in the tornado.

    I wonder if this will change the way storm chasers/tour groups will chase in the future.
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    Tor:Con Index link below. Will show you the probability of a tornado happening in your area.
    http://www.weather.com/news/tornado-torcon-index

    FEMA's link for Emergency Supplies list below or what you need to survive for three days in case help is not immediately available to you.
    http://www.ready.gov/document/family-supply-list

    You can also purchase a weather radio which will inform you of severe weather even if your electricity goes out. Runs on batteries of course.

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    Here's a video showing how crazy things were in the tornado in El Reno. It seems like the three tornados are a fair distance away, but tornados keep dipping up and down until debris is flying everywhere and pummeling these guy's car while they try to drive to safety. At one point, it looks like a car comes crashing into their windshield.

    Oops, I posted the wrong video -- I'll go look again for the one I was describing.

    Okay, here it is. It's insanely scary. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/0...n_3371849.html
    Last edited by STEADFAST; 06-02-2013 at 01:38 PM.

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