Storm chasers lost in Oklahoma


Famous storm chasers Tim Samaras, his son Paul, and Carl Young all died doing what they loved.

The Samaras lived in Bennett, Colo., and Young lived in South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

The trio were killed by a tornado that struck El Reno, Okla., on May 31.

The three men were among 13 whose deaths were attributed to the storms that devastated parts of Oklahoma.

Tim Samaras, 55, Paul Samarus, 24 and Young, 45, were chasing a severe, multi-vortex tornado that was headed toward Oklahoma City when it sharply changed direction.

Tim was the founder of the tornado research project Twistex, based in Lakewood.

“This is a devastating loss to the meteorological, research, and storm chasing communities,” said Tony Laubach of Twistex in a statement on June 1.

“I ask that you keep the families in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. There is some comfort in knowing these men passed on doing what they loved.”

Both Tim and Paul were subjects of the Discovery Channel series “Storm Chasers.”

The Weather Channel released a statement about their loss on June 2.

It stated, “Many of us were fortunate to have worked with them and have great admiration for their work. They went in the field focused on collecting data to enable meteorologists to further the science.”


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