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2013 El Reno Tornado
EF3 tornado
El Reno, OK EF-5 Tornado 2013-05-31.jpg
View of the tornado from the southeast at 6:28 p.m. CDT (2328 UTC) as it was nearing peak strength
Type Tornado
Formed May 31, 2013, 6:03 p.m. CDT (UTC−05:00)
Duration 40 minutes
Dissipated May 31, 2013, 6:43 p.m. CDT (UTC−05:00)
Max rating1 EF3 tornado
Highest winds
Damage $35–40 million (estimate)
Total fatalities 8 fatalities, 151 injuries
Areas affected Canadian County, Oklahoma; especially areas to the south of El Reno
1Most severe tornado damage; see Enhanced Fujita scale Part of the tornado outbreak of May 26–31, 2013

The 2013 El Reno tornado happened on May 31, 2013. It happened close to the city of El Reno, Oklahoma in central Oklahoma. It was the widest tornado ever recorded. This tornado also was found to have some of the strongest winds ever found. One mobile Doppler radar found very high winds of 296 miles per hour. These winds are slightly less than the 301 mile per hour winds detected in a tornado on May 3, 1999 while it was close to Bridge Creek, Oklahoma in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.

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8 people died due to this accident
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