The tornado that hit El Reno, Okla., last week was rated an EF-5 and spanned 2.6 miles, making it the widest on record, according to the National Weather Service. Many lives and properties likely were spared because the tornado missed densely populated areas, said Rick Smith, a meteorologist with the agency. "Any house would have been completely swept clean on the foundation. That's just my speculation," Smith said.
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