News 9 Storm Trackers Share Experience With First Tornado Of Season

Thursday, March 31st 2016, 10:51 pm
By: News 9

Marty Logan and Val Castor tracked the storms from Oklahoma City to Tulsa -- and stayed with it until the very end.

“When you're wrapped up in rain and you can't see a hundred yards, it gets a little tense,” said Marty Logan, News 9 Storm Tracker. “We went just east of i-35 about two miles, looked back south and we had a rotating storm with a lowering.”

A tornadic storm tracked for more than 40 miles -- producing multiple tornadoes Wednesday in northeastern Oklahoma.

“That storm came right up over the turnpike right up to Keystone Lake,” said Marty.

Storm tracker Marty Logan followed the large storm that produced an EF-3 tornado, packing winds near 140 mile per hour -- as it made its way toward Owasso.

“We were behind it but there was no way to leap out there and get ahead of it or get south of it so we had to keep working our way east,” he said.

Val Castor wasn't far behind.

“That storm that went across Tulsa that was a prolific tornado producer,” Val said. “Our first glimpse of that tornado, it was a big tornado, I was kind of amazed at how big it was.”

They tracked the storm as it destroyed homes and businesses in Owasso and then headed east.

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“At that point it was only probably a half a mile or less right in front of us and we followed that tornado, I’m not kidding, probably an hour on the ground,” Val said.

“It was like covering it like a blanket we had it from the north side south side,” Marty said.

The storm eventually weakened but not before damaging more homes in Catoosa and Claremore, and then moving out.

“If this is any indication on how the storm season is going to go it might be a bad season,” Val said.

At least seven people were injured in Wednesday’s storms, one critically.