There are sources reporting that Oklahoma State Troopers blocked highway 81 around El Reno going south and wouldn't let anyone through while the storm took an unusual turn and hit storm chasers and other civilians trying to escape the strong tornado. Law enforcement blocking roads has become a major concern as this has happened before in Wisconsin south of Milwaukee during a storm and the storm actually ran over the traffic that was standing still overturning a few vehicles and causing minor injuries.
It is also being reported that KFOR in Oklahoma was LIVE and telling everyone to get into their cars and drive south only to encounter major traffic jams as loads of people tried to egress a city in just a few minutes before the storm hit the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. KWTV-9's helicopter was looking down at the traffic jams and was expressing concern over the traffic congestion while transmitting live aerial views ahead of the storm. And so it was...
Due to the nature of severe weather if LAW ENFORCEMENT blocks roads it can cause you to be caught in another storm or as it was in this case the storm took an unexpected turn into the traffic jam.
STORM CHASING demonized by media as crazy and mental. The Soviets love this so they can create more LAWS and ORDINANCES. However the reports that are being discussed on some forums regarding LAW ENFORCEMENT BLOCKING ROADS is extremely concerning. Most of us STORM CHASERS are almost always planning and keeping escape routes nearby to retreat from the imminent and present danger:
Now here are a couple of idiots and if they want to kill themselves then let them be. But please LAW ENFORCEMENT DON'T BLOCK THE ROADS for those of us who need them. We like to stay out of the storm and also away from these nuts:
The Weather Channel calls those STORM CHASERS that died as really being STORM RESEARCHERS. So that makes it all better. These were known as the safest chasers in the chasing community:
OFFICIAL NWS tornado analysis of May 31, 2013 Oklahoma metro area tornadoes shows how the storm turned by HIGHWAY 81 and INTERSTATE 40 in the El Reno area: