(Norman) The National Weather Service has upgraded Friday’s tornado in the El Reno, Oklahoma area an EF5. Experts are also calling it a record breaker.
Meteorologists say based on records they believe it is the widest tornado recorded in the U.S.
The National Weather Service's Norman Forecast Office had rated the storm as an EF3 based on structure damage. Meteorologists updated the estimate Tuesday, determining it was an EF5, the strongest classification for a tornado. It was 2.6 miles wide at its widest point and tracked across 16.2 miles. The storm had wind speeds greater than 295 mph. That 2.6-mile tornado path width is believed to be the widest on record in the United States, according to the Weather Service.
That beats the old record of a two-and-a-half mile wide tornado that ripped through the town of Hallam, Nebraska, on May 22, 2004.
June 5, 2013