Watch: Storm chasers in Oklahoma navigate through tornado

By Arturo Garcia
Saturday, June 1, 2013 0:12 EDT
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Footage released on Friday captured one storm-chasing team’s attempts to drive near Union City, Oklahoma, in the midst of the “supercell”-driven tornadoes that tore through the state on Friday.

“Oh my goodness, oh my goodness,” says Brandon Sullivan to his partner, Brett Wright, as the video begins. “Brett, turn the car around! Let’s get ready! Large tornado. Large tornado right there.”

The Associated Press reported late Friday night that officials were concerned about flash flooding in Oklahoma City and the surrounding area after this latest storm pattern. Two people, an unidentified mother and child, were reported dead, while an undetermined number of motorists along Interstate 40, which passes through the city, reportedly suffered injuries.

“We’re scrambling around,” an emergency services spokesperson told the AP. “There is very low visibility with the heavy rain … so we’re having trouble getting around. The damage is very, very widespread.”

StormChasingVideo.com reported that Sullivan and Wright encountered not only sheet metal from a farm hit by the twister, but saw a vehicle fly past them, before a gigantic hay bail and other debris hits their vehicle. Neither man was injured.

Watch video, posted by StormChasingVideo.com on Friday, below.

[Image: "Tornado And Lightening Bolt" via Shutterstock.]

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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