Storm Chasers Among Oklahoma Fatalities

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Three storm chasers were killed while tracking tornadoes in El Reno. (Courtesy: CNN)

By Jake Carpenter, CNN

(CNN) — Three storm chasers were among the nine people killed in powerful storms that struck Oklahoma on Friday night, relatives told CNN on Sunday.

Tim Samaras, 55, his son Paul Samaras, 24, and Carl Young, 45, died while chasing a tornado in El Reno, relatives said.

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Tim Samaras founded TWISTEX, the Tactical Weather Instrumented Sampling in Tornadoes Experiment, to help learn more about tornadoes and increase lead time for warnings, according to the official website.Two children were also among the dead from Friday night’s storms. Scores of people were injured.

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