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Friday’s tornado in El Reno the widest ever

Filed by KOSU News in Local News.
June 4, 2013

The El Reno tornado, which directly killed at least ten and set off floods that took at least eight more lives, is the widest ever in the United States, says the National Weather Service. Measuring 2.6 miles across at its widest point, the tornado surpassesses the Hallem, Nebrasksa tornado in 2004 that reached 2.5 miles wide.

The National Weather Service also says wind speeds reached up to 295 miles per hour, as measured by RaXpol, a mobile weather station operated by the Adavanced Radar Research Center at the University of Oklahoma. They’ve upgraded the tornado’s overall rating from an EF-3 to an EF-5, the strongest rating available.

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