The Discovery Channel has announced that it will host a special tribute Wednesday night to the three Stormchasers who were killed in Oklahoma during recent storms in the state. Tim Samaras, Carl Young and Paul Samaras died Friday in El Reno when they were chasing a tornado.
The special will be an "enhanced episode" of Mile Wide Tornado: Oklahoma Disaster. It will show highlights from the careers of the three men and is scheduled to premiere at 10 p.m.
Tim Samaras, 55, founded the Tactical Weather Instrumented Sampling Tornadoes Experiment (TWISTEX) and spent his adult life chasing storms. Young, 45, met Samaras at a meteorological conference and together they tracked down more than 125 tornados. Paul was Tim's son and was 24. He served as the TWISTED videographer.
The three men were driving in a Chevy Cobalt when the tornado struck. According to an undersheriff in Canadian County, the car was found on a country road running parallel to Interstate 40 and appeared to have been thrown and somersaulted for more than half a mile.
“It looks like it had gone through a trash compactor,” he said. “The car was probably about 60 to 70 percent of its normal size because it had been pushed and mauled and compacted as it was tumbling down the road. Like wadded up."
Our thoughts are with their families and friends.