The EF5 near peak intensity.
|Date||May 3, 2018|
|Touchdown location||9:23 AM CDT|
367 mph (highest recorded and estimated wind speed ever)
|Damage||$21.78 billion (2018 USD)|
|Areas affected||Candian, Grady, Oklahoma, Cleveland, and Logan counties, Oklahoma|
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Tornadoes of 2018 (Hitman)
The biggest, strongest, and most violent tornado touched down at 9:23 AM CDT. The EF2 quickly intensified into an EF4 5 miles outside of downtown Oklahoma City. The EF4 rapidly grew more stronger and more violent into an EF5 with recorded wind speeds of up to 367 mph. The tornado completely destroyed 7 apartment buidings, killing 436. The tornado then tracked into Oklahoma City, killing another 650. The behemoth then badly damaged the Chesapeake Energy Arena killing another 2.
The tornado then tracked west near El Reno, near where the killer EF4 was tracking. The EF5 then destroyed another 300 mobile homes, killing 342. The tornado then weakened into an EF3, where the twister killed another 2 after a mobile home has completely destroyed. The EF3 then weakened into an EF0 where it minorly damaged houses. The EF0 dissipated at 11:48 AM CDT.There has been public outcry stating that the downtown Oklahoma City tornado should have earned an EF6 and not an EF5. The national weather service center in Dodge City, Kansas and in Norman, Oklahoma state that there was no clear evidence of EF6 damage.The NWS immediately gave the tornado an EF5 rating based off of radar readings of wind speed and the catastrophic damage created.
In all, the path was 109.88 miles long and 1.7 miles wide.