(NORMAN, Okla.) — Meteorologists say last week’s deadly tornado that struck El Reno, Okla., was the widest ever recorded in the United States.
The twister was more than 2.5 miles wide with winds topping 250 miles per hour.
Meteorologist Rick Smith, with the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Norman, Okla., says the updated information was provided in part by storm chasers using mobile radar.
“EF-5 tornadoes are exceptionally rare,” Smith said, “but to have two of them less than two weeks apart is even more rare.”
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