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Weather Channel Meteorologist Shares El Reno Tornado Escape Story

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Mike Bettes said he's convinced seat belts saved his life and the life of two other crew members. Mike Bettes said he's convinced seat belts saved his life and the life of two other crew members.
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A Weather Channel Meteorologist who narrowly escaped death during the massive twister in El Reno last May shared his story Monday during the National Tornado Summit at the Cox Convention Center.

Mike Bettes said he's convinced seat belts saved his life and the life of two other crew members when they failed to outrun the funnel that had taken a wicked unpredictable turn.

"You know I remember the whole thing," said Bettes. "I remember watching it out of the window; I remember glass breaking."

The tornado mangled the SUV Bettes and his crew were traveling in. Three other storm chasers died in the El Reno tornado.

"That whole moment, time stood still for me," Bettes said.

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