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