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    Posted May 20, 2013 by
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    Massive tornado hits Oklahoma

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    Moore, Oklahoma 5-20-13 3:00

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Brenton Leete is a stormchaser from Tulsa, Oklahoma. He says these images were shot around Newcastle, Oklahoma. He says the storm was fast-developing and he at times felt like it was 'trying to take the iPhone out of my hand,' so he had to hold on to the phone while taking pictures. But he also says the storm was moving eastward and he was south of the area, so he didn't feel that he was in danger, except for the possibility of debris coming over to where he was. He says the area around Moore was blocked off, so he stayed away from there. He says he's been a stormchaser since he was a kid, but especially for the past five years.

    "I live in Tulsa, so we didn't sustain any damage," he says, "but we smelled a strong gas smell and saw a lot of power flashes from power lines. The debris ball from this tornado was so immense that it made it nearly impossible to see the tornado when it hit Moore. It became rain-wrapped in Moore and was very hard to see."

    Severe weather conditions can be unpredictable; please stay safe and don't put yourself at risk if you happen to be witnessing a storm. Be sure to follow the directions of local authorities.
    - nsaidi, CNN iReport producer

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