It is a very obvious fact, but it bears repeating: storm chasing is extremely dangerous and should not be attempted by amateurs. If you don’t know what you are doing, you can be hurt or killed. Sadly, that also happens sometimes to those who do know what they are doing when one of the deadly storms takes a totally unpredictable path.
A few days after the monster tornado destroyed a large part of Moore, OK, another wave of tornadoes his Oklahoma once again, with a particular F3 storm striking El Reno. Among the dead from this storm were two veteran storm chasers, Tim Samaras and his colleague Carl Young, and Samaras’s son, Paul. Samaras had been chasing storms for over 25 years, conducting research in an effort to improve warning systems so that more lives could be saved.
Here is an ABC News report about the storms, and the death of these three men.
There is a photo of Samaras’s vehicle after the storm, but I can not bring myself to share it. I can only say that it looks like it was picked up and body slammed at terminal velocity, leaving it totally unrecognizable.