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Meteorologist Remembers Slain Storm Chasing Friend [AUDIO]

(Storm-Chaser Tim Samaras)

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Below is a picture of what was left of veteran Storm Chaser Tim Samaras‘ truck after he, his 24-year-old son Paul, and fellow chaser, 45-year-old Carl Young, were killed in tornadoes that pummeled Oklahoma over the weekend.

13 people in all were killed in the weekend storms.

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As you can tell from the video below, storm chasing is a very dangerous endeavor.  Unfortunately, many people, who are horribly unqualified to do so, show up to chase tornadoes all over the U.S.

We talked with Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Meteorologist Todd Heitkamp about the loss of his friend and what is going on with the storm chasing craze across the United States.

Todd explained: “Tim always took pride in the fact that he would never jeopardize his safety or the safety of others that are with him.  It is a matter of science not video.  If a expert chaser like Tim can be killed by a tornado it’s time for all the wannabes to take notice”.

In this AUDIO CLIP, Sioux Falls Meteorologist Todd Heitkamp, addresses the dangers of unqualified storm chasers and remembers his friend Tim Samaras.

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God Bless Tim, Paul, Carl, and all those affected by this weekends tragedy.

(Insane Tornado Suction Vortices! May 31, 2013 – El Reno, OK)

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