ARLINGTON, TX — The StormStock (www.stormstock.com) team captured the deadly tornado that ripped through El Reno, OK and parts of the Oklahoma City area last Friday.
“It was a very large and dangerous multi-vortex tornado that was difficult for some storm chasers to avoid,” notes Martin Lisius, StormStock cinematographer and founder. The tornado passed very close to the north of the team before striking vehicles on US Highway 81 to the east of their position.
Tim Samaras, a dedicated researcher and friend to StormStock, was killed, along with his son Paul and another colleague when the tornado struck their car. The National Weather Service announced that the tornado was the largest on record at 2.6 miles wide with the highest intensity rating of EF-5.