Weather

Deadly Oklahoma Tornado Widest Ever Recorded

Was 2.6 miles wide with wind speeds up to 295 miles per hour

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The National Weather Service reported Tuesday that the killer tornado that struck near Oklahoma City last Friday was a ferocious EF5 twister, which had winds that neared 295 mph.

An EF5 tornado, the highest number on the "Enhanced Fujita Scale of Tornado Intensity," is any tornado that has wind speeds of 200 mph or higher.

This beats every world wind record except the more-than 300-mph reading measured during the Moore, Okla., tornado in 1999, according to AccuWeather meteorologist Jesse Ferrell.