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Weather Channel's Tornado Hunt Team Takes Direct Hit by Tornado...

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The Weather Channel Tornado Hunt Team is safe, but shaken up after their chase vehicles took a direct hit by a violent tornado west of Oklahoma City.

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A look at the Tornado Hunt vehicle smashed after a tornado threw it 200 yards near El Reno, Okla. Friday night.

Meteorologist Mike Bettes was chasing the monster rain-wrapped tornado near El Reno, Okla. when he says the storm picked up the heavy chase SUV and threw it an estimated 200 yards.

Bettes and his team members are alive, but they do have minor injuries. 

"I saw my life flash before my eyes," Bettes said in a live phone interview as soon as he established phone connection after the incident. He says the airbags deployed and everyone had their seat belts on.

He reported seeing other vehicles that had also been thrown by the storm.

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