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This Amazing Timelapse Video Shows Oklahoma Like You’ve Never Seen It Before

We are entering into one of the most dangerous seasons for Oklahoma – the dreaded tornado season. Even though we have sophisticated tracking and warning systems in place, we still must remember the seriousness of these twisters. Capturing tornadoes on camera has become a dangerous job, as we experienced in 2013.

The 2013 El Reno tornado was the widest tornado in recorded history (2.6miles). It occurred over rural areas of Central Oklahoma during the early evening of May 31, 2013. It was part of a larger weather system that produced dozens of tornadoes over the preceding days. The tornado initially touched down at 6:03 p.m. about 8.3 miles southwest of El Reno. The tornado first received an official EF3 rating based on damage, but was subsequently upgraded to an EF5 rating, the highest on the scale. The tornado killed four storm chasers, the first known deaths in the history of storm chasing. Luckily, the tornado remained over mostly open terrain, so damage was relatively light in comparison to its extreme intensity.

Here is an incredible timelapse video showing the El Reno tornado like you’ve never seen it before:

Thank you to ThunderHunter for the creation of this timelapse video. It is a good reminder to take these tornadoes seriously and take cover when the sirens are activated.

Ashley
Ashley has lived in Oklahoma for 25 years and is the Oklahoma staff writer for onlyinyourstate.com