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Virginia Tech Hokie Storm Chase team tracks deadly Oklahoma storms


Hokie Storm Chasers Observe Wall Cloud Team members observe a wall cloud at very close range on a back road south of Hays, Kan., before heading south to Oklahoma.

May 21, 2013 – The first of two Virginia Tech Hokie Storm Chase teams to set out this spring is catching lots of storm activity in the Midwest. "Very volatile pattern setting up for the next few days…," wrote team leader Dave Carroll at 11:13 p.m. on May 17. On May 20, Carroll's team initially targeted a cell south of Moore, Okla., but it began to weaken. "Before we dropped to the next cell to the south, we could clearly see the back side of the Moore storm, which initially looked unimpressive, but ramped up in a hurry southwest of town," Carroll explained. "We dropped to the next storm to the south as it would steer clear of the Oklahoma City metro area." The team purposely avoids following storms in urban areas for safety reasons.

The team stayed safely out of the path of the tornado, but continues to track and pursue storms in the region. WDBJ-7's Chris Hurst and Andy May spent a few days traveling with the team.

Follow the team's progress on Facebook and Twitter as well as the team's blog site and WDBJ7's own Virginia Tech Storm Chase page.

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