Storms of 2013 - Jeff Frame
The Second El Reno Supercell

The Second El Reno Supercell

After falling behind the first El Reno supercell, and not wanting to follow it into suburban Oklahoma City, we remained south of El Reno to observe the next HP supercell in what turned out to be a string of such storms, completely unaware of the utter tragedy that had occurred less than an hour ago a few miles to our north. We watched the storm approach, then planned to bail southeast, cross the Canadian River, and be done for the trip. Unfortunately, a local TV meteorologist, Mike Morgan of KFOR-TV, urged his viewers to "Drive south," clogging the roads at 5pm on a Friday as trailing tornado-warned HP supercells moved across these same roadways. It is only by the Grace of God they did not produce tornadoes, because, if they had, I am convinced that a mass-casualty situation would have resulted (we were stuck in traffic, but emerged unscathed and were never in grave danger). Taken south of El Reno, OK, May 31, 2013.

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