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Sunday, June 9, 2013

May 31st, 2013 El Reno, Oklahoma Tornado Widest In History.






Late in the afternoon of May 31st a tornado was born southwest of El Reno, Oklahoma. This tornado would go onto to become famous for two reasons. First it eventually grew to an incredible 2.6 miles in width making it the widest tornado ever recorded in the United States. This monster was on the ground for 16.2 miles. It is believed to have had winds in excess of 295 mph.

Sadly it also killed four storm chasers including veteran professional storm chaser Tim Samaras, his son Paul, and long time chase friend and partner Carl Young. A fourth storm chaser was also killed by this tornado. These are the first known deaths of storm chasers chasing a tornado in the U.S. At least 18 people lost their lives in this deadly tornado. 

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