The 2011 El Reno tornado was an EF5 tornado that struck on May 24, 2011 in El Reno, Oklahoma. It occurred just two days after the catastrophic tornado in Joplin, Missouri, and was part of a larger outbreak spawning tornadoes in Oklahoma.


The storm first began as a funnel cloud in the sky. It touched down 11 miles northwest of Moore, causing EF1 damage. Later it skyjumped to an EF5, causing damage to an oil rig at that intensity. One person was caught inside his car and (with the vehicle) was thrown 200 meters, the car wrapping around a pole. Another fatality occurred inside his home in El Reno. A tree was completely debarked off it’s foundation. Near the town, on the North Canadian River, a small boat called Yukon sank due to 125 mph winds, and seven lost their lives out of 10 aboard the ship. $727 million USD was needed.

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