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 El Reno, OK Twister Kills Veteran Storm Chasers - RIP Tim Samaras

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El Reno, OK Twister Kills Veteran Storm Chasers - RIP Tim Samaras Sun, 06/2/13 2:02 PM (permalink)
This tornado season has been vicious to the state of Oklahoma, now coming out of the reports of damage from Friday's El Reno Storm is the news NO ONE would ever want to hear.
 
Veteran Storm Chaser, Engineer Tim Samaras was killed during the tornado outbreak on Friday in El Reno, OK;  also killed with Tim was his son Paul and long time chasing partner Carl Young.
 
Tim and Carl were always the cautious chasers, they knew the power and the devastation that a twister could produce.  Something had to seriously go wrong....
 
Their camera equipment is missing from the wreckage, and is being sought out by the authorities and the family.
 
In the past few years, the race to become one with a tornado has put many novice chasers and veterans in the path of danger.  The race for who can get the best footage or the closest footage has become intense and at times reckless.
 
Tim and Carl were not that kind of chaser.  Their expertise will be greatly missed, and the chasing community lost one of the greatest.
 
Rest In Peace:
 
Tim Samaras - 55
Paul Samaras - 24
Cal Young - 45
 
http://www.thedenverchann...h-son-longtime-partner
 
 
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    mar52

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    Re:El Reno, OK Twister Kills Veteran Storm Chasers - RIP Tim Samaras Sun, 06/2/13 5:10 PM (permalink)
    Sad and suspicious.
     
    Their camera equipment is missing?
     
    Someone needs to be locked up for looting.
     
    What a shame.  RIP Guys.
     
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      Glenn1234

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      Re:El Reno, OK Twister Kills Veteran Storm Chasers - RIP Tim Samaras Sun, 06/2/13 8:27 PM (permalink)
       
      What a terrible tragedy.   Very sad.  
      mar52 - There's a good chance it's not looting.  The tornado could have taken their camera equipment hundreds of yards away, and deposited it in farm field. 
       
       
      Glenn
       
       
       
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        felix4067

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        Re:El Reno, OK Twister Kills Veteran Storm Chasers - RIP Tim Samaras Sun, 06/2/13 8:50 PM (permalink)
        Or even further. I'm kind of surprised they found anything, to be honest. And if they ever do find it, I can only hope the footage is salvageable, and that it will help understand what really happens with a tornado.
         
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          love2bake

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          Re:El Reno, OK Twister Kills Veteran Storm Chasers - RIP Tim Samaras Sun, 06/2/13 8:50 PM (permalink)
          Wow--I feel for the poor wife and mother of those two men--she lost everyone.
           
          On my cross-country trip last spring on I-40 heading east, I saw that crazy looking "Dominator" storm chaser vehicle being transported to its next destination.  Unfortunately, I couldn't whip out my phone and take a photo, but here's a video about it (please excuse the inevitable ad beforehand), in case you're interested.  Too bad these men weren't in this thing--they might have survived.
           
          http://dsc.discovery.com/...t-is-the-dominator.htm
          <message edited by love2bake on Sun, 06/2/13 8:53 PM>
           
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            mar52

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            Re:El Reno, OK Twister Kills Veteran Storm Chasers - RIP Tim Samaras Sun, 06/2/13 11:35 PM (permalink)
            I stand corrected.  I saw something about it on TV today.  Horrific.
             
             
             
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