Renowned Colorado storm chaser Tim Samaras, son killed in Oklahoma tornado

7:36 AM, Jun 2, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - A Colorado storm chaser - known as one of the best in the world - died Friday, along with his son during a violent tornado outbreak in Oklahoma.

Friends and family say Tim Samaras' name was synonymous with tornados and storm chasing. He spent more than 30 years in awe of tornados and trying to figure out how they work. He is credited with changing the science of chasing.

Samaras designed technology that captured images inside of nature's most violent and powerful weather phenomenon.

His family says the 55-year-old along with his son 24-year-old Paul, were killed while out doing what they did better than nearly anyone else - chasing tornadoes in Oklahoma. Their friend, 45-year-old Carl Young was also killed.

The Samaras were both born and raised in Lakewood but were living in Bennett, Colorado.

Samaras last tweet was Friday afternoon: "Dangerous day ahead for OK, stay weather savvy."

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