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Discovery to air special honoring 3 storm chasers

10:13 PM, Jun 3, 2013   |    comments
Tornado chaser Tim Samaras was one of three storm chasers killed May 31 when twisters hit Oklahoma. In this 2006 photo, Samaras shows the probes he uses when trying to collect data from a tornado. (Photo: AP)
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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Discovery Channel says it will honor three veteran storm chasers who died in Oklahoma with a special airing this week.

The program, "Mile Wide Tornado: Stormchasers Tribute," will feature scenes of Tim Samaras, his son Paul and Carl Young from the former series "Stormchasers." It airs at 10 p.m. EDT Wednesday.

The men spent years capturing and sharing storm videos with TV viewers and weather researchers. They died Friday when a tornado with winds of up to 165 mph turned on them in the Oklahoma City area. The storm and flooding claimed more than a dozen other lives.

"Mile Wide Tornado" originally aired Sunday and focuses on the May 20 tornado that devastated a wide swatch of Oklahoma. Discovery says it has been updated with "Stormchasers" footage of the researchers.

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