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Mass. Storm Chaser Witnesses Oklahoma Devastation First-Hand

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Volunteers help clean out Jean McAdams' mobile home after it was overturned by a tornado May 20, (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Volunteers help clean out Jean McAdams’ mobile home after it was overturned by a tornado May 20, (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) — Rich Hamel was chasing another storm south of Oklahoma City when he heard radio traffic on the storm that slammed into Moore on Monday.

Hamel tells WBZ NewsRadio 1030 that’s when he turned around and headed toward the storm. The veteran storm chaser from Massachusetts witnessed the devastating outcome.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

“This is one of those things that is very conflicting from a storm chaser point of view,” Hamel told WBZ’s Carl Stevens. “As a chaser, you are interested in the weather, you love to see the power of Mother Nature, but you never want to see something like this.”

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Hamel, who saw the devastation in Joplin two years ago, says people in Tornado Alley live with the understanding that this kind of storm is possible.

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“They have a certain sort of acceptance that this is part of their lives and a certain resolve that they can recover if something like that happens,” Hamel said.

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