"A star of the Discovery Channel show ‘Storm Chasers,’ his son and a colleague have been identified as three of the 13 people killed after an outbreak of tornadoes struck the Oklahoma City area on Friday," Fox News reports. .
The story continues, "Tim Samaras, 55, died with his son Paul, 24, and friend Carl Young, 45, in Canadian County chasing down a tornado that wreaked havoc along Interstate 40, Fox 25 [Sinclair's KOKH in Oklahome City] reports."
The article adds, " ‘We are deeply saddened by the loss of Tim Samaras his son Paul and their colleague Carl Young,’ the Discovery Channel said in a statement to FOX411. ‘Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families.’ "
The artcle also says " ‘We were shocked and deeply saddened by the news that longtime National Geographic grantee Tim Samaras was killed,’ National Geographic Executive Vice President Terry Garcia said in a statement. ‘Tim was a courageous and brilliant scientist who fearlessly pursued tornadoes and lightning in the field in an effort to better understand these phenomena.’ "
The story notes "Tim Samaras is a 20-year veteran of storm chasing and founded the project TWISTEX (Tactical Weather Instrumented Sampling in Tornadoes Experiment), which gathers weather information by placing devices in the way of tornadoes, [according to another Fox station].
"In 2004, Tim Samaras dropped a probe into the path of an EF-4 tornado, where it measured a 100 millibar pressure drop — a record that still stands today, the Discovery Channel’s website says."
Tim Samaras, Carl Young and their team had tracked down more than 125 tornadoes.
Tim Samaras (right) and Carl Young