'Storm Chasers' star Tim Samaras killed in Oklahoma tornado




Tim Samaras, star of Discovery's 'Storm Chasers,' was one of the nine people killed by the latest tornado to wreak havoc in Oklahoma, which struck on Friday May 31.

CNN has recently reported that Samaras, a fifty-five year old man and television personality, was among the deceased, claimed by the tornado. Even more tragically, the storm also claimed the life of Samaras' twenty-four year old son, Paul, who was accompanying his father into the affected area in El Reno. Fellow storm chaser Carl Young, aged forty-five, was also with the Samaras family; Young also passed away from injuries sustained during the storm.

The Samaras family discussed the tragedy with CNN. Jim Samaras, brother to Tim and uncle to Paul, also took to Facebook and posted the following: "Thank you to everyone for the condolences. It truly is sad that we lost my great brother Tim and his great son, Paul. Our hearts also go out to the Carl Young family as well, as they are feeling the same feelings we are today. They all unfortunately Samaras on the jobpassed away but doing what they LOVED. Chasing tornadoes. I look at it that he is in the 'big tornado in the sky..."

'Storm Chasers' aired for five years on Discovery, before being cancelled in 2012. A documentary series, 'Storm Chasers' followed several teams of dedicated storm researchers and documentarians, Samaras amongst them. Carl Young, Tim Samaras and Paul Samaras were all members of what they called the TWISTEX team of storm chasers, featured regularly over the life of the Discovery program. TWISTEX is an acronym for Tactical Weather Instrumented Sampling in Tornados Experiment. The TWISTEX team contributed to dozens of academic publications on tornados and similar storms.

Representatives from Discovery released the following statement today: "We are deeply saddened by the loss of Carl Young, Tim Samaras, and his son. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families."

- Storm Chasers
- Discovery Channel

Written by: bad_subject
Jun 2nd, 2013, 11:30 am

Images courtesy of Discovery Channel


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Message Posted On Nov 13th, 2013, 4:16 am

My condolences to Tim Tamaras family. Storm chaser veterans are killed because of their advocates to give as better news and image of storm and hurricanes risking their lives chasing tornadoes. Moreover, Hurricane season is upon us again, as if the pummeling the Gulf Coast just took from blowhard Isaac wasn't enough proof. And in the wake of hurricanes, as with most natural disasters, come the storm chaser: a particularly low kind of fraudster who is desperate to make a fast killing at the cost of the sufferers. Typically, those are every-day consumers who can ill-afford to have their already-strained pockets picked.And the hurricane season is far from over. If you need help paying for emergency fixes, ask financial advice.


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Message Posted On Jun 2nd, 2013, 5:56 pm

amen to that firejames


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Message Posted On Jun 2nd, 2013, 3:04 pm
If you gotta go, it's best to go out doing the thing you love. R.I.P.

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