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Published on Jun 1, 2013
Mikey Gribble's storm chasing video from May 31, 2013 just south of El Reno, Oklahoma where a 2.6 mile wide EF5 hit numerous storm chasers. A multi-vortex tornado transitions into a wedge tornado and takes a hard right turn and accelerates just south of El Reno hitting several cars as it does, inclding my own. Just as quickly it turned back to the north and headed back towards I40. Storm chaser Tim Samaras, Paul Samaras and Carl Young along with a woman and her child were all killed by this tornado when they took more direct hits from it in their cars just down the road from us. My heart goes out to their families. We just caught a glancing blow from the southeastern edge of the tornado on 15th street south of El Reno and are lucky to be alive. Several other chasers also took hits rolling their cars out into a field. We narrowly escaped but had 6 windows blown out, the right side of the car sandblasted with dirt and debris, a computer and camera ruined and had equipment fly out the back of the car. We walked away from it though and that's what really matters. This was a historical and tragic day in the history of storm chasing. Roads being clogged with traffic and the tornado rapidly intensifying into a wedge, accelerating east and changing directions erratically all led to this tragedy. Several things all went wrong at once which is why so many of the most experienced and accomplished storm chasers in the world were hit by this tornado.