NWS: Tornado hit over 200 miles per hour, officially an EF5
MOORE, Okla. - The National Weather Service has released their first survey on the tornado that hit Oklahoma City and surrounding areas on May 20, 2013.
Experts surveying in Moore have determined damage is EF5 with maximum winds over 200 mph.
Four survey teams continue to inspect damage from this long track tornado. Initial damage was found around 4.4 miles west of Newcastle.
The tornado tracked NE to the Interstate 44 bridge over the Canadian river and then took a more eastward track through Moore.
Initially producing EF0 and EF1 damage, the storm intensified very rapidly in 4 miles or around 10 minutes producing EF4 damage before reaching Interstate 44.
Numerous indications of ef4 damage with some areas now determined at EF5 damage, the highest category on the EF scale, with over 200 mph winds.
Additional information such as maximum path width will be updated as the teams complete their surveys.