Weather Channel storm chaser vehicle destroyed in Oklahoma tornado

The meteorologists at The Weather Channel got a little too close to the story last night in Oklahoma.

It appears the Hunters... have become the Hunted.

Bad weather continues to plague the residents of Oklahoma City, with more tornadoes and severe thunderstorms striking the area Friday. The weather spanned from the affected state capital to St. Louis, with five people reported dead and at least fifty injured.

The Weather Channel's storm chasing SUV was in the region to cover the storm battered region, eventually finding themselves more than passive observers. As the crew tracked a tornado near El Reno, one of the deadly twisters picked up the 'Tornado Hunt' vehicle, meteorologist passengers and all, throwing it 200 yards from the roadway.

Meteorologist Mike Bettes recounted the experience, "It was like we were floating. We were tumbling. We were airborne at least one point and we were floating. Then we weren't tumbling anymore and we came down hard."

The photo is courtesy of Sean Schofer, a storm chaser for Schofer was evidently in the belly of the beast himself, but made it out unscathed. "The [Weather Channel] vehicle just got thrown by tornado. We stopped to help & they are OK," Schofer tweeted along with a photo of the flattened SUV.

Bettes confirmed that the team members were wearing their seatbelts, but expressed surprise that no one was seriously injured. Based on the looks of the wreck pictured, he's not the only surprised.

- Mike Bettes
- TBN Enlace

Written by: kyleiam
Jun 1st, 2013, 7:53 am

Images courtesy of Sean Schofer, TVN Weather


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