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Both the Joplin, Mo and the Jarrell, TX tornadoes were both EF-5 tornadoes. The Joplin tornado was originally listed as a EF-4, but the NWS upgraded it to a EF-5 yesterday.
Jarrell was an F5, not an EF
-5 since the Enhanced Fujita scale didn't exist until a few years ago. Be very careful about making this comparison since many EF
-5s today would only be F4s back in the day.
Phil sorry to hear about your family's loss of the "rather/fairly large" (rollseyes) home. Good to hear it wasn't worse than that.
Update today by NWS Norman upgraded 3 of the tornadoes in Central Oklahoma to EF
-4s with the potential that they might be upgraded pending further investigation. The El Reno tornado passed with in close proximity of the mesonet station there and recorded winds of 150.8 mph. One thing to take away from this map, tornadoes 2,3, and 4 were rated at least EF
-4 on the latest update...and could be upgraded as they continuing investigating. That's three violent tornadoes in the OKC
metro area, but they stayed out of the most densely populated sections of OKC
, Norman, and Moore this time. Last year, we did have two EF
-4s hit both Norman and Moore. 2003 was the last time the (that I can remember) when we had a violent tornado hit the immediate metro area when an F4 took a similar path as the May 3rd, 1999 F5 tornadoes in Moore/South OKC
(which to date holds the highest recorded wind speed on earth of 302 to 318 mph).