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WATCH: The birth of the El Reno, Oklahoma tornado

Digital writers

Friday, October 11, 2013, 4:33 PM -

Earlier this week, video showcasing the raw power of the El Reno tornado was published.

The video hints at the destruction caused by the record-breaking storm, which tore through Oklahoma on May 31, 2013, packing winds around 475 km/h.

According to the National Weather Service, more than 150 mm of rain fell in less than three hours time, leading to flooding in Oklahoma City.

Massive hail was reported in El Reno.

Weather Network meteorologists Jaclyn Whittal and Mark Robinson were tracking the twister as it traveled along the I-40 -- which was promptly shut down when the tornado broke out -- west of Oklahoma City.

It "formed quickly," Whittal said via phone. "We were trying to get out of the path of the tornado and we got stuck in traffic."

Nineteen people were killed during the storm.

During the tornado's 4 km path of destruction, brick houses were ripped apart, roofs were flung through the streets, trees were downed and entire neighbourhoods flattened.

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