El Reno, OK EF3 Tornado Damage – 5/26/2019




Around 10:30 PM Saturday, May 25, 2019, a QLCS tornado touched down in the city of El Reno, OK. This tornado was rated an EF-3 with a width of 75 yards and was on the ground for 4 minutes as it tracked to the northeast 2.2 miles. The hardest hit area was near the intersection of Hwy 40 and 66 where a two-story hotel, trailer park, and car dealership were all located. Around 29 people were injured in the hotel that was destroyed and two were killed. This video includes shots of the damage from the city of El Reno including the car dealership that is totaled according to friends of the owner of the dealership and the hotel that was hit.
Shot Description

Clip 1: A garage that was completely destroyed on the east side of town along 66

Clip 2-10: Various clips, both close and wide, of the damage to the hotel that was completely destroyed

Clip 11: Wide shot looking northeast of the damage path from the tornado as it crossed 40 going towards the car dealership. The hotel would be right behind me.

Clip 12-13: Clip of a pile of damage being collected from the storage facility next to the car dealership and a clip of a bobcat adding more debris to the pile

Clip 14: Clip of a father and son looking at the damage from the tornado

Clip 15-25: Various clips of the damage from the tornado to the car dealership including close up and wide angle shots of the vehicles in the lot, debris thrown on top of the vehicles, shattered windows, knocked over light poles, roof and structural damage to the total car dealership

Clip 26-34: Clips of more damage surrounding the dealership including a metal fence that was completely flattened and severe structural damage to the back side of the car dealership building

SID: William Wight

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16 Replies to “El Reno, OK EF3 Tornado Damage – 5/26/2019”

  1. While there has been comparisons between the 2 el Reno tornados which were both rated Ef-3 the first one back in in 2013 was much stronger and much bigger with wind speeds approaching 300 mph while this one was at 140 mph still very strong no doubt but not even close the first one remains one of the strongest tornados in American history in the top 10 for sure

  2. The damage from this tornado when you compare it to the damage from the El Reno Tornado of 2013 and what that tornado was rated (also EF 3) and when you just compare the two tornadoes without the "official" NWS ratings scale, side by side… Well, all I can say is that there perhaps needs to be a second ratings scale for tornadoes.

    This tornado definitely did EF-3 damage in El Reno. No doubt about that. But I think if we polled a lot of the storm chasers about the 2013 El Reno tornado, and I mean a poll of the serious chasers who were trying to set instruments in the path of the 2013 El Reno tornado, and were trying to take videos not just to sell to TV stations, well, there would be some questioning of the EF scale.

    We cannot do that because the Tim Samaris team was killed trying to do their scientific research in that tornado. Could he have been killed in this El Reno tornado? Well probably he could have. But was this tornado 2.6 miles wide, with 300 mph winds? I don't think so.

    I could go on and on. But I would be really surprised if others who take meteorology seriously and especially severe storms / tornadoes seriously haven't had similar thoughts. And perhaps not before this tornado.

    And again I want to emphasize that in no way am I trying to belittle the troubles any families or individuals have suffered in this El Reno tornado whatsoever!! 🙁 I would never do that. This is just questioning the rating scale, which I have done from the outset. I've seen severe tornado damage firsthand.

    I was in high school in Lubbock, TX in 1970 and my friend and I drove around quite a lot after the F5 tornado hit the city. That tornado was, I've read, instrumental in the formation of the F scale for Ted Fujita. He spent time in Lubbock drawing out the path of the two tornadoes. There was no doppler then, unfortunately.

    Anyway, he did a great job establishing the F scale and I wholehartedly support it. I just feel that there needs to be more emphasis placed on the doppler now. Some sort of doppler scale. Probably there is and since I'm no atmospheric scientist, I just don't know that the meteorologists do rely on it more that I'm aware of.

  3. Can we expect an increase in car insurance costs? Probably, with so many vehicles being damaged by all these storms. These tornadoes are such a bummer. I feel so bad for the people who suffer loses from these storms. *sniff* May the good Lord be with them. Amen!

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