“5 Most Destructive Tornadoes Ever Recorded”

Tornadoes are some of the most violent and devastating natural disasters to occur on Earth

Although tornadoes do occur from time to time in other countries, unfortunately, the United States is hit with tornadoes more often than anywhere else in the world

Because of this, all of the largest tornadoes on record have occurred in the United States

Although there have been many more tornadoes than are on this list, these are the only tornadoes that were noted for width, which is the criteria we used to compile the list

Tornado of three states

Date: March 18, 1925

Highest winds: Unknown, but traveled at forward speeds greater than 73 mph (11748 km/h)

Source: Wikimedia Commons

Although not the largest tornado, the Tri-State Tornado is known for setting other records, including being the deadliest tornado ever recorded in the United States

There were 695 deaths, which is twice as many as the second deadliest tornado in the United States Since the tri-state tornado occurred in 1925, it has been retroactively classified as a Category 5 tornado on the original Fujita scale

The Tri-State Tornado holds the record for longest path, estimated at 151 to 235 miles (243 – 3783 kilometers)

Also, the tri-state tornado has the longest known duration of any tornado at 3 hours and 37 minutes

Although the tri-state tornado was strong, it was quite small compared to the rest of the tornadoes on this list and only reached a maximum width of about one mile (161 kilometers)

No one knows for sure if the tri-state tornado was just a single tornado or if it was actually a series of tornadoes that caused the reported damage

Bridge Creek-Moore Tornado

Location: Grady, McClain, Cleveland and Oklahoma counties in Oklahoma, United States

Duration: 1 hour and 25 minutes

Duration: 1 hour and 25 minutes

Source: Wikimedia Commons via Erin D

The Bridge Creek-Moore tornado was part of the Great Plains tornado outbreak that occurred on May 3–4, 1999

As the name of the tornado suggests, the town of Bridge Creek was the hardest hit by the tornado

By the time the tornado reached the city, it had reached its maximum width of 1 to 14 miles  (161 to 2315 kilometers)

Unfortunately, the path of the tornado passed through a large number of mobile homes in Bridge Creek and about 200 mobile homes/homes were completely obliterated

The Bridge Creek-Moore tornado also lasted over an hour and passed over several towns

At the end of the tornado’s destruction, 36 people were killed and nearly 600 people were injured in all the affected areas

In total, the Bridge Creek-Moore tornado destroyed and estimated 1,800 homes, damaged about 2,500 homes, resulting in approximately $1 billion in damage

Mulhall Tornado

Location: Mulhall, Oklahoma

Source: news9com

Depending on the source, the Mulhall Tornado is a contender for being the largest tornado ever recorded

Different accounts report that the maximum width of the Mulhall Tornado was over 24 kilometers (15 mi) and up to 705 kilometers (438 mi)

Like all tornadoes on this list, the Mulhall Tornado caused a significant amount of damage

Every building in the town of Mulhall was damaged in some way by the devastating tornado

Amazingly, only one Mulhall resident was seriously injured

Despite the size of the Mulhall Tornado, there were no fatalities because the tornado passed through mostly rural and unpopulated areas

Hallam Tornado

Location: Jefferson, Saline, Gage, Lancaster and Otoe counties in Nebraska, USA

Prior to the 2013 tornado in El Reno, Oklahoma, the Hallam tornado was the widest tornado on record with a maximum width of 25 miles (4 kilometers)

Although the Hallam tornado traveled through many counties, it was named after the town of Hallam, which was the hardest hit

The tornado leveled almost every home and business in Hallam

Fortunately, Tornado Hallam mostly passed through sparsely populated rural areas

By the end of the storm, one person had died and about 40 people were injured

According to news reports, the Hallam tornado was so large that many people didn’t even realize they were witnessing a tornado

The Reindeer Tornado

Location: Canadian County, Oklahoma, USA, especially south of El Reno

Date: May 31, 2013

Date: May 31, 2013

Date: May 31, 2013

Date: May 31, 2013

Duration: 40 minutes

Maximum category: EF3

The 2013 El Reno tornado is widely considered to be the largest tornado ever recorded, based on its width

However, according to some sources the Mulhall Tornado was larger

At its peak, the massive El Reno tornado reached a width of 26 miles (42 kilometers) and speeds of up to 301 mph (484 km/h)

Despite its strength, the El Reno Tornado was only categorized as an EF3

The El Reno Tornado lasted about 40 minutes and ended up killing eight people, all in their vehicles

In addition to the fatalities, the El Reno Tornado injured more than 150 people

In 2015, scientists built a new tool that allowed them to gather video footage of the event and see what was happening inside the El Reno Tornado

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