NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The National Weather Service says the deadly tornado that struck near Oklahoma City late last week was another top-of-the-scale EF5 that packed winds reaching 295 mph. The weather service also says the twister's 2.6-mile width is the widest ever recorded.
The weather service initially rated the Friday tornado that hit El Reno as an EF3. But the agency upgraded the ranking Tuesday after surveying damage. Eighteen people were killed in the tornado and subsequent flooding in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.
The weather services says the El Reno tornado tops a 2.5-mile wide tornado that hit Hallam, Neb.
The update means the Oklahoma City area has seen two of the extremely rare EF5 tornadoes in less than a month. The other hit Moore on May 20, killing 24 people.
As people continue work to clean up after Friday's storms, Missouri Attorney General is warning homeowners and businesses to be on the lookout for price gouging.
Koster reminds everyone that suddenly and artificially raising prices is illegal. Anyone who feels they have been the victim of price gouging should call the attorney general's office at 800.392.8222.
Anyone found to be in violation of price-gouging laws faces a fine of up to $1,000 per violation.
Changes are on the way to the 136th Veiled Prophet parade.
Mayor Francis Slay is holding a press conference Wednesday morning to detail the additions and changes. A press release also indicates that this year's Grand Marshal will be a "True American Hero" and is the veteran of three wars.