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EF-5 Oklahoma Tornado Passes 2004 Hallam, NE Record For Widest Tornado

In a matter of a few weeks, the state of Oklahoma has seen its second EF5 rated tornado.

In addition, the damage path was as wide as 2.6 miles. This is a new record for the widest tornado in history, beating the previous record of 2.5 miles near Hallam, Neb. on May 22, 2004. After additional surveying and studying of weather data, including the use of information from mobile doppler radar, the National Weather Service in Norman, Okla. has upgraded the May 31 tornado near El Reno, Okla. to an EF5. This is the highest possible rating a tornado can be given.

The El Reno tornado is the same one that killed three storm chasers on Friday and injured the crew of our own Tornado Hunt team.

As mentioned before, this is the second EF5 rated tornado in Oklahoma in a matter of a few weeks. An EF5 tornado devastated Moore, Okla. on May 20, 2013.

This story is courtesy of Weather Underground

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. 6 radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production assistant for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on 69 radio stations across 9 Midwest states.