Tim Samaras, who founded TWISTEX, the Tactical Weather Instrumented Sampling in Tornadoes Experiment was killed in the tornado that touched down in El Reno, Oklahoma on Friday.
EL RENO, Okla. — A group of men who devoted their lives to hunting powerful storms died in the middle of the chase.
Tim Samaras, his son Paul Samaras and Carl Young were killed Friday while following a tornado in El Reno, Oklahoma, relatives told CNN on Sunday. Their work tracking tornadoes was featured on the former Discovery Channel show “Storm Chasers.”
They were among as many as 16 people killed in storms that struck Oklahoma on Friday night, according to Oklahoma City Fire Chief Keith Bryant.
At the intersection where authorities said the three storm chasers were killed, crews hauled away a mangled white truck Sunday that had been crushed like a tin can. The metal frameof their storm-chasing vehicle was twisted almost beyond recognition. The windows had been smashed to bits.
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