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Standing in the exact spot where we glimpsed the widest tornado in US history.

El Reno tornado: One year after deadly and record-breaking storm


Dalia Ibrahim
Digital Reporter

Saturday, May 31, 2014, 7:45 PM -

On May 31, 2013, an EF3 tornado struck El Reno, Okla., which along with subsequent flooding killed at least 19 people, including three storm chasers

The twister had a width of 4.2 kilometres, making it the widest twister in U.S. history.


WATCH: The birth of the El Reno, Oklahoma tornado


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

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.


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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 recalled. "We were trying to get out of the path of the tornado and we got stuck in traffic."


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One year later, Whittal and Robinson have returned to El Reno, where they say the community is still on the road to recovery.

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