UPDATE: El Reno, Union City tornado widest tornado on record

Posted on: 11:08 am, June 4, 2013, by and , updated on: 11:51am, June 5, 2013

The National Weather Service has just upgraded the May 31 El Reno, Union City tornado to an EF-5 with a width of 2.6 miles wide, making it the widest tornado ever documented.

EF-5 is the highest possible rating for tornadoes on the Enhanced Fujita scale.

El Reno tornado track May 31 Emily

The upgrade was based on information from OU RaxPol Doppler data or mobile radar data, that measured low level winds of 296 miles per hour.

The National Weather Service said some of the subvortices had a forward movement of up to 180 miles per hour.

This tornado is double the width of the May 20 tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.

The F-4 Wilber-Hallam, Nebraska, tornado May 22, 2004 was the previous record holder for the widest tornado on record at 2.5 miles wide.

*Click here for full coverage of the El Reno, Union City tornado*


Here are photos that our viewers and visitors sent in of the storms that hit May 31st, 2013
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  • Taken from S Fort Reno Rd. The same road 4Warn was on.

  • skies over mustant

  • CV Tech - damage from May 31 tornado

  • May 31, 2013

  • the face of the tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma

  • vehicle-in-sink-hole-chad-vest

  • floodedroad-may-31st-langston-shirley

  • power-line-damage-victoria-whatley

  • near-downtown-el-reno-may-31st-rebecca-smith

  • flooded-vehicle1-may-31st-jlogwood

  • destroyed-truck-picture-of-my-truck-house-was-directly-hit-north-of-sw-15-and-east-of-highway-81-in-union-city-Cory Armstrong

  • shell-on-sw-29th-and-western-daytime-pic-may-31st-pat-brown

  • flooding-in-trailer-park-may-31st-miranda

  • roads-flooded-last-night-east-of-newkirkok-after-the-storms-passed-through-may-31st-Cory

  • Hail at my house in El Reno

  • Taken near El Reno on 31 May -M Vidito

  • Taken near El Reno - M Vidito

  • Hello! i have some picture from last Fridays/Saturdays storms. We were at lake Tenkiller "pine cove" on the south side.here are some great lightning picture and maybe a tornado i dont know. can you tell me please Thx Brandy White

  • Typical hail stones during the El Reno Tornado - May 31, 2013 C Parker

  • Dorsey Martin dmartin29@cox.net 1 June Approx 20 ft of SE 15 collapsed between Choctaw Road and Indian Meridian.

  • Hello! i have some picture from last Fridays/Saturdays storms. We were at lake Tenkiller "pine cove" on the south side.here are some great lightning picture and maybe a tornado i dont know. can you tell me please Thx Brandy White

  • Hello! i have some picture from last Fridays/Saturdays storms. We were at lake Tenkiller "pine cove" on the south side.here are some great lightning picture and maybe a tornado i dont know. can you tell me please Thx Brandy White

  • Hello! i have some picture from last Fridays/Saturdays storms. We were at lake Tenkiller "pine cove" on the south side.here are some great lightning picture and maybe a tornado i dont know. can you tell me please Thx Brandy White

  • Hello! i have some picture from last Fridays/Saturdays storms. We were at lake Tenkiller "pine cove" on the south side.here are some great lightning picture and maybe a tornado i dont know. can you tell me please Thx Brandy White

  • Hello! i have some picture from last Fridays/Saturdays storms. We were at lake Tenkiller "pine cove" on the south side.here are some great lightning picture and maybe a tornado i dont know. can you tell me please Thx Brandy White

  • When the Southside OKC tornado came through our tornado shelter filled with water

  • Looking out storm shelter from SW 22nd and Penn towards Stockyards City

  • Tornado in El Reno -M Vidito

  • Unnamed

  • Unnamed

  • Unnamed

  • Unnamed

  • 2 East of Lookeba trying to avoid storms by going South. At this time the storms were "back building" according to the radio.

  • This was taken right before the storm hit the SW side of OKC, near 104th & Walker

  • Damage to power poles between Portland Ave and Meridian Ave on NW 10th

  • Damage to power poles between Portland Ave and Meridian Ave on NW 10th

  • Damage to power poles between Portland Ave and Meridian Ave on NW 10th

  • Damage to power poles between Portland Ave and Meridian Ave on NW 10th

  • Damage to power poles between Portland Ave and Meridian Ave on NW 10th

  • Photo taken from the top step of our storm shelter just south east of South Gregory Road and Reno Ave.

  • about 6:40pm on 5.31.2013 @ SW 22nd and Meridian.

  • right outside my shelter so close i could here it

  • may 31 tornado formation west of Pocasset 5 miles looking north Minco area

  • 1 mile south of El Reno looking west

  • 1 mile south of El Reno Looking west

  • 1 mile south of El Reno looking west

  • I couldn't capture the entire circle that was surrounding this storm with my available lens. -Susan George - Rosedale

  • There is two cars down the road one is news 4 Emily Sutton

  • After the first round of tornados hit OKC/Union City, the skies looked like this in Stillwater

  • Neighbors car flattened

  • Looking north from the west service rd of I-35 I got this picture of what they were describing on the radio when it was over I-35 and Indian Hills Rd.

  • Leaving the house to get out of the way was on the mind of many people.

  • Unnamed

  • Photo by Stacia Dunkin 5/31/2013

  • Photo by Stacia Dunkin 5/31/2013

  • Tree pulled out of the ground by the roots. Taken by Terrie Kriley

  • Taken after the storm went through. Beautiful!

  • Looking WNW on the west end of Stillwater before dusk on May 31st.

  • Unnamed

  • May 31, 2013 After storm passes in Cushing, OK. Photographer - Jessica Wingett Aka - Jade

  • This is facing ESE at 178th and May in Deer Creek/Edmond on May 31st, 2013

  • We left our house and drove away from the storm. I took this picture at a stop light on the way home. A majestic view after a very nasty day. This was taken at Penn and Memorial, OKC.

  • South Moore, May 31 at approximately 7.20pm Megan Jackson

  • 5/31/2013 Trucks started to pile up on I-40, heading eastbound toward the Metro Area. Big trucks becoming sitting ducks to be tipped over. by Gopi Namaste

  • Unnamed

  • Clouds over Moore May 31, 2013 around 6 p.m.

  • Sky and wall cloud south of Moore, OK, May 31st at approximately 7.20pm

  • This is right after the tornado warning was lifted and fans and staff were allowed to leave.

  • I noticed this heart cloud...thought it was interesting...I adjusted this one...I will send the original next

  • Taken at 6:25 pm from my house 1/4 mile south of Lake Thunderbird. Looking west. John Northcutt

  • Trees down, fence destroyed, lots of damage.

  • from the tracks on the ground it looks like it was flipped twice over a fence and in the neighbors yard

  • Photo taken looking west from our Rosedale property towards Purcell. Photo: Susan George

  • north OKC by highway 81 looking south

  • Taken at 6:25 pm, 1/4 mile south of Lake Thunderbird

  • Taken at 6:25 pm, 1/4 mile south of Lake Thunderbird

  • Dark and looming clouds before the tornado touched down in Norman

  • picture of the storm from sooner road about to cross I-240 pointed towards the crossroads mall are.

  • Lightning in the sky Friday night about 10 pm. Taken from NW OKC.

  • 5/31/13 NW 164th and Penn Andrea Williams

  • Hail on the ground, east side of house. Taken at 8:43 pm, 1/4 mile south of Lake Thunderbird.

  • Taken at 8:43 pm, 1/4 mile south of Lake Thunderbird.

High winds and tornadoes broke out across the state May 31st followed by severe flooding. Many of our viewers and visitors captured some amazing photos.

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