Forecasters with the National Weather Service say the El Reno tornado was an EF5 and at times it was 2.6 miles wide.
Amateur storm chaser took photo of tornado that killed him
From his pickup, amateur storm chaser Richard Charles Henderson took a cellphone photo of the first tornado Friday and excitedly sent it to a friend. Minutes later, that tornado would kill him.
“That was the end of his life right there,” said the friend, George “Sonny” Slay.
“He said, ‘I'm having fun,'” Slay recalled Monday. “He told me he was riding around … chasing the storms …. I said, ‘You better quit that!'
“And, then, I guess he was en route to the position that he got in because he said, ‘There goes Channel 9!' He said, ‘You might even see me on TV.' And, then a few seconds later, he said, ‘Oop, there's Channel 5!'”. Slay said the picture came in at 6:05 p.m. About 10 minutes later, Slay heard a loud popping noise over the phone.
Henderson cursed, and then asked Slay if he had heard the sound. “I said, ‘Yeah, I heard it. What was it?' And he said, ‘It's debris hitting my pickup.' I said, ‘You better get your ass out of there.' Then the phone went dead.
Henderson, of Hinton, was one of at least 18 people who died because of Friday's tornadoes and storms. His body was found near El Reno.
'My love, we're going to die'
Maria Pol Martin, 26, spoke those words to her husband Friday, seconds before the EF5 tornado pulled her and their newborn son from the family minivan along Interstate 40. The mother and her 17-day-old baby, Rey Chicoj Pol, were among the 18 victims of the tornado
| Gewijzigd: 5 juni 2013, 11:36 uur, door mrijkhals