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El Reno tornado widest in U.S. history

Digital writers

Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 8:05 AM -

The tornado that leveled much of El Reno, Oklahoma last week is a record breaker. 

At 4.2 kilometres wide, Friday's tornado is the widest U.S. twister ever.

"With this investigation...the tornado has been upgraded to an EF-5 tornado based on velocity data from the research mobile radar data," the National Weather Service said in a statement on Tuesday.

The tornado was initially rated as an EF-3 storm on the Enhanced Fujita scale.

The twister tore open brick houses, ripped off roofs, downed trees, uprooted power lines and flattened entire neighbourhoods.

At least 19 people died as a result of the storm.

With files from CNN

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