Samaras brought his 24-year-old son, Paul, a Star Wars geek who'd developed into a brilliant photographer and videographer.  The three making up TWISTEX - storm chaser Tim Samaras, his son photographer Paul Samaras, and meteorologist Carl Young - set out to attempt research on the tornado. Emergency officials reported numerous injuries in the area along I-40, and Randolph said there were toppled and wrecked cars littering the area. TWISTEX was born. Storms now initiating south of Watonga along triple point. Renowned researcher and storm chaser Tim Samaras, 55, his son Paul Samaras, 24, and . Gerten watched Storm Chasers, and he knew exactly who Tim Samaras was. At 6:20 p.m., as Robinson fled, the thin, drifting miasma gave way to something opaque and iron gray. 'The trees were leaning literally to the ground. Mike Bettes, a member of the Weather Channel Tornado Hunt Team, was driving in his SUV when it was picked up and thrown 200 yards by the monster rain-wrapped tornado near El Reno. A man's body was found about 1 p.m. on Saturday in a creek just east of Dobbs Road in Harrah, said Mark Myers, a spokesman with the Oklahoma County Sheriff's office. Everybody was running for their lives,' said Terri Black, 51, a teacher's assistant in Moore. "Though we sometimes take it for granted, Tim's death is a stark reminder of the risks encountered regularly by the men and women who work for us.". Standing water was several feet deep, and in some places it looked more like a hurricane had passed through than a tornado. The difference between escape and incomprehensible violence was measured in hundreds of yards. For an hour, not a single car or truck passed through this remote stretch of road. But it didn't handle some roads so good. The three storm chasers Tim Samaras, his photographer son Paul Samaras, and meteorologist Carl Young were killed when the twister they were pursuing made a sudden left turn and slammed into their car, sending it flying through the air like a toy. But he was also beloved. Dan Robinson dodge a major bullet there. As important as it was to get readings from inside tornadoes, they also needed to understand the environment that caused them to form, intensify and unravel. 'Tim was a courageous and brilliant scientist who fearlessly pursued tornadoes and lightning in the field in an effort to better understand these phenomena. Oklahoma wasn't the only state hit by violent weather Friday night. Inside were swarms of sub-vortices, 200-yard-wide tornadoes within the tornado, whose wind speeds approached 300 mph. In 2012, storm chaser Andy Gabrielson died while driving home from a chase when a wrong-way driver struck his vehicle on Interstate 44 in Sapulpa, Okla. Tim Samaras, 55, along with his son, Paul Samaras, 24, and Carl Young, 45, died on Friday in El Reno after a tornado that packed winds of up to 165 mph picked up their car and threw it . Three people were killed on Tuesday in the smash in northwest Texas as two of the victims livestreamed an intense tornado-packed storm front rolled through the state. Tim Samaras, 55, along with his son, Paul Samaras, 24, and Carl Young, 45, died on Friday in El Reno after a tornado that packed winds of up to 165 mph picked up their car and threw it, somersaulting, a half a mile. (MORE: Reaction from Dr. Jeff Masters of Weather Underground). . Samaras believes the lack of acknowledgment is "partly due to the enormity of the second world war which followed so closely - it overshadows everything". Their deaths may not seem surprising; storm . The family sheltered from the storm in a hospital parking garage. Tim Samaras, 54, of Bennett, Colo., had a reputation for being safe but was trapped on the highway with his son, Paul Samaras, 24, also of Bennett, and Young, 45, who taught geology at Lake Tahoe . Tim's death is a stark reminder of the risks . Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Betsy Randolph heard the panicked voices of the crew over her patrol radio right before the storm turned into their car. The storm was headed toward Oklahoma City, which has more than a million people in the metro area. It was a little after 6 p.m. on May 31. Somewhere in between, deputies found Young in a ditch. A two-and-a-half mile wide tornado would not look like a tornado to a lot of people, Smith said. The El Reno, Okla., tornado of May 31, 2013, killed eight people, all of whom died in vehicles. Robinson's rear dash cam tells the rest of the story. Among the injured was a meteorologist from The Weather Channel. Three people were killed on Tuesday in the smash in . And he brought Young, his trusted chase partner. "Everyone had that false impression in their minds, that we're too good, that we'll always beat it," he says. Samaras had an uncanny ability for finding twisters and escaping them with his life. He confirmed the man was dead and removed his wallet and took out the driver's license. His Toyota lurched to the side in 100 mph gusts and began fishtailing in the gravel, causing the car's traction control to cut power to the wheels. 'The car was probably about 60 to 70 per cent of its normal size because it had been pushed and mauled and compacted as it was tumbling down the road. Robinson blew through the stop sign. Behind, through the rain-streaked window, there was nothing no gravel road, no trees, no wheat fields, no sun or sky. And there were few greater mysteries than the titans that tore through the plains east of his home in the Colorado foothills. If it was two more miles this way, it would have wiped out all of downtown, almost every one of our subdivisions and almost all of our businesses, White said. Though the state's transportation authorities strongly advised citizens not to drive, some interstate highways in Oklahoma were jammed with stalled traffic, as heavy rains drenched roadways and flooded low-lying areas. The three had no chance, said Tim Samaras brother, Jim. His body was found but the wildlife officer is still listed as missing. The worry soon turned to flash flooding and floodwaters topped four feet in Oklahoma City on Saturday morning. The region was fortunate because the storm touched down mostly in rural areas and missed central Oklahoma City. Meteorologist Mike Bette is nursing minor injuries after his 'tornado hunt' car was thrown some 200 yards by the storm. Kurtz knew something big was about to happen.section break. 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Weather Channel employees Kelley Williamson, 57, and Randall Yarnall, 55, were in a Suburban that ran a stop sign and hit a Jeep, driven by Corbin Lee Jaeger, 25, at about 3:30 p.m. local time near Spur, Texas, the Star-Telegram newspaper reported. But that camera was never found. OKLAHOMA CITY The deadly tornado that struck near Oklahoma City late last week killing 18, including three storm chasers, had a record-breaking width of 2.6 miles and was the second top-of-the-scale EF5 twister to hit the area in less than two weeks, the National Weather Service reported Tuesday. An image taken from video shows the vehicle that longtime storm chaser Tim Samaras, his son Paul and colleague Carl Young were killed when a powerful tornado hit near El Reno, Okla. on May 31. 'For reasons that are not clear to me, more people took to the roads, more than we expected. The Storm Prediction Center said scientific storm chasing is performed as safely as possible, with trained researchers using appropriate technology. Tim Samaras, the founder of TWISTEX, was . Helen Pow The most incredible evidence he saw was in high-resolution Doppler images collected by the University of Oklahoma. This probe registered a world-record 100-millibar drop in pressure inside the twister. Headlights behind him shrank farther and farther into the distance. From time to time over the next month or so, Gerten drove down that stretch, looking for the equipment he knew must still be out there. It "was designed to kill storm chasers," in the words of veteran chaser Amos Magliocco. Emergency officials reported that numerous injuries occurred in the area along I-40, and said the storm's victims were mostly in cars. Meteorologists had warned about particularly nasty weather Friday but said the storm's fury didn't match that of the tornado that struck Moore. They would have seen Dan Robinson driving ahead of them. Drivers were encouraged to stay off the roads on Saturday, as emergency crews started to repair the flood-damaged roads and bridges, and began clearing trees and other debris from roadways to make it easier for first responders to get to the areas hit by the tornadoes. "It did fine," he said. People were going southbound in the northbound lanes. They were essentially targets just waiting for a tornado to touch down,' Ms Randolph said. The Gulf air wanted to rise, but it was being blocked by a cap of dry desert air. The fatal crash comes less than four years after three storm chasers were among 13 people killed by tornadoes that rampaged through central Oklahoma in June of 2013. June 2, 2013 4:45 PM PT. Tony Laubach, a TWISTEX team member who had driven one, likened it to a pizza-delivery car. Samaras brought his 24-year-old son, Paul, a Star Wars geek who'd developed into a brilliant photographer and videographer. Once it was warm enough near the surface, probably by late that afternoon, the Gulf air would punch through the cap. Live video footage captured the final moments of a group of stormchasers after they were killed in a car crash while following a tornafo. Steel fence posts laid bent and flat against the earth. But the monster hiding in the rain that day was something he had never encountered. They went in the field focused on collecting data to enable meteorologists to further the science behind tornadoes which we know has and will help to save countless lives. Lizzo Shakes Her Tailfeather in Front of the Arch, St. Louis Celebrates, 5 Top Chocolate Chip Cookies in St. Louis, Chosen by Our Critic. Numerous vehicles were damaged in the storm and that many motorists were left stranded. He punched through swirling eddies of rain. 'My car was actually lifted off the road and then set back down,' Ms Black said. So many fundamental questions go unanswered. 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Live video footage captured the final moments of a group of stormchasers after they were killed in a car crash while following a tornafo. His pioneering work included the development of probes which when left in the path of a tornado, can measure pressure drops. The next year, one of the weakest seasons on record, the team was all but dormant. Hail and high winds were the chief threat, though a tornado could not be ruled out, forecasters said. The day after the storm, Gabe Garfield of the National Weather Service set out from Norman with a team to explore a savaged landscape. The other victims' bodies were found half a mile to the east and half a mile to the west, Canadian County under-sheriff Chris West said. It truly is sad that we lost my great brother Tim and his great son, Paul. Again and again, Samaras told Young to slow down and let the tornado get ahead of them, worried it might cut them off. It began as a bolus that descended out of the storm, projecting needlelike vortices that lanced the wheat fields. The Samaras' and Young were pursuing an EF3 tornado as it bore down on a metropolitan area of more than 1 million people.  Paul (1925-2005) was a photographer and model airplane distributor who was an Army projectionist in WWII. At a memorial in Littleton, Colorado, she said she didn't know how she was still standing. But they're ghosts. The scene was eerily like that from last week, when blackened skies generated a top-of-the-scale EF5 storm with 210 mph winds. Then they'd run as fast as the GMC could carry them. He drove on, blind. When the storm passed between El Reno and Yukon, it barreled right down Interstate 40 for more than two miles, ripping billboards down to twisted metal frames. Had the tornado's arc been just a degree wider, he isn't so sure he would have survived. 'The trees were leaning literally to the ground. Tim Samaras, 55, his son Paul, 24, and crew member Carl Young, 45, died in El Reno on Friday, They were heard on Oklahoma Highway Patrol radio screaming before they were killed, The elder Samaras was found strapped into their car while the other victims' bodies were discovered half a mile to the east and half a mile to the west, Friend and meteorologist Mike Nelson said: 'Tim was not a cowboy, he was as cautious as possible about his approach to studying these dangerous storms', At least 18 people were killed in Friday's storms including a four-year-old girl who was swept away by flood waters in Oklahoma City on Friday, Five-month-old baby in critical condition after being pulled out alive from Oklahoma River, Authorities say many people ignored advice to sit tight and attempted to leave the area - probably as a reaction to the twister than killed 24 people less than two week ago. The El Reno tornado was a large tornado that touched down from a supercell thunderstorm on May 31, 2013 southwest of El Reno, Oklahoma.