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Birth of the world-record 2.6-mile wide EF-5 tornado near El Reno, Oklahoma: May 31, 2013

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Published on Jun 1, 2013

On May 31, 2013, storm chasers Dave Demko and Heidi Farrar documented a large multi-vortex tornado southwest of El Reno, Oklahoma. The tornado eventually morphed into an extremely large and violent wedge as it made a hard turn toward the northeast, where it impacted areas along Interstate 40 between El Reno and Yukon, and later continued causing damage as it moved into the southern Oklahoma City metro area. This tornado was rated EF-5, with a path width of 2.6 miles, making it the largest on record. Sadly, this was also the same tornado that took the lives of our friends and fellow chasers Tim Samaras, Paul Samaras and Carl Young, as well as at least 15 others.

For more information on this historic tornado event, visit http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/?n=events...

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