Friday’s El Reno Tornado Called Widest In U.S. History (More)

The tornado that struck El Reno, Okla., Friday “is officially the widest known tornado in the U.S.,” says the National Weather Service office in Norman, Okla., announcing today that at its widest, the storm stretched across 2.6 miles.

New data about the tornado was released Tuesday, along with an update on the death toll from the storm system that wreaked havoc on a broad swath of Oklahoma Friday night. The state medical examiner has now raised the count of people killed by tornadoes and flooding from 18 to 19, reports KJRH TV and other news outlets.

The El Reno tornado’s intensity was upgraded to the maximum rating of EF5; the weather agency says its winds reached 295 miles an hour while it was on the ground in the area west of Oklahoma City.

 

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