A Triad Perspective Of The Oklahoma Tornado

7:20 PM, May 21, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- The National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma surveyed the damage left by Monday's devastating tornado and ranked it as an EF-5 with winds up to 210 mph.

The NWS survey team also found that the tornado was on the ground for 17 miles with a maximum width of 1.3 miles.

Initial reports suggested that the maximum width of the tornado was around 2 miles. Before the updated report from the NWS of a 1.3 mile width Meteorologist Grant Gilmore took to the streets of Greensboro to demonstrate what 2 miles relates to locally. Grant drove west on Friendly Ave. from Center City Park in downtown Greensboro until he reached Wesley Long Hospital. This distance represents a comparative width of destruction left by Monday's tornado.

Grant also compared the speed of the maximum winds in the tornado to the maximum speed of a NASCAR stock car.

You can view Grant's comparison in the attached video.

WFMY News 2

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