‘Storm Chasers’ Star Tim Samaras Killed in Oklahoma Tornado

Tim Samaras Storm Chaser Dead

Tim Samaras, star of the Discovery Channel series “Storm Chasers,” died Friday in Oklahoma after a series of tornados struck the region.

Samaras’ son Paul and associate Carl Young also died while chasing Friday’s EF3 tornado in El Reno, Oklahoma.

The Weather Channel confirmed the passing of Samaras on Sunday, issuing the following statement:

“It was with great sadness that The Weather Channel learned of the passing of Tim and Paul Samaras and Carl Young as a result of the El Reno Tornado. Many of us were fortunate to have worked with them and have great admiration for their work. They went in the field focused on collecting data to enable meteorologists to further the science behind tornadoes which we know has and will help to save countless lives. Our community has suffered a terrible loss and our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones.”

Storm Chasers” was cancelled by Discovery in 2012 after five seasons.

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  1. occultology says:

    Gosh, who would have ever guessed that chasing storms could be dangerous? Maybe ‘reality tv’ could take advantage of the California wildfires and launch “Chasing Fire”, or take advantage of the flooding in the midwest and broadcast “Chasing Water”.

  2. Prince Harming says:

    Am I the only person who finds this insanely funny?

    “Sow to the wind… reap a whirlwind” (Hosea 8:7) How completely fitting.

    • Avergreen says:

      Your bible quote was not called for. The actual meaning of that chapter from where that verse comes from has to with with idol worship and that particular verse is a reference towards that. The author is alluding to the fact that depending on and worshipping idols is LIKE “sowing to the wind … reap a whirlwind” and nothing to do with this scenario.

      I, personally, was quite saddened to hear this news and will be praying for the family of this man, his son, and their colleague. Tim’s wife is now without a husband and a son.

      • Mac says:

        Actually, when it comes to fools; such as the guy who heads towards the storm to boost ratings, a bible verse is absolutely called for.

        But no, it’s not funny.

    • Frank W says:

      No, it’s not funny. If it was the other guy, the one that bragged about being a storm chaser and started doing commercials (then when caught in trouble squealed like a mouse), then I might agree the Bible quote appropriate. But this was a guy who was collecting data, not just a storm junkie. And the week before, the infamous TIV from the show got caught, too. Hopefully the guy finally got his IMAX shot.

    • EK says:

      Funny?! You’re an asshole!

  3. mikecolorblind says:

    rest in peace…
    a moment of silence

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