Weather Channel's Storm-Chasing SUV Destroyed by Tornado (Photo)

The Weather Channel's SUV was thrown an estimated 200 yards.
The Weather Channel's SUV was thrown an estimated 200 yards.
 @SeanSchoferTVN

The Weather Channel’s storm-chasing vehicle met its match Friday.

The SUV carrying meteorologist Mike Bettes and the channel’s Tornado Hunt team was picked up and thrown about 200 yards off the highway as they tracked a tornado near El Reno, Okla.

Bettes told Weather.com all three of the team's vehicles tracking the tornado were hit, but no one was injured.

"It was like we were floating. We were tumbling. We were airborne at least one point and we were floating,” Bettes said. “Then we weren't tumbling anymore and we came down hard."

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Bettes said the team was wearing their seat belts and that his life flashed before his eyes. Storm chaser Sean Schofer tweeted a photo of the severely damaged SUV.

A series of tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma Friday, with severe whether spanning Oklahoma City to St. Louis. Five people, including a mother and her baby, were reported dead in the storm. An additional 50 were reported to have been injured.

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