An EF5 tornado is the most intense tornado on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. An EF5 will have wind speeds greater than 200 mph (322 km/h). Some of the costliest and deadliest tornadic events in world history were caused by EF5 tornadoes. On the now retired Fujita Scale, the tornado damage scale that the Enhanced Fujita Scale replaced, an EF5 tornado use to be an F5 tornado. An F5 tornado had wind speeds exceeding 260+ mph. (419 km/h)
EF5 tornadoes are a rare occurrence. Between February 2007 and 2018 there have only been 9 verified EF5 tornadoes. The deadliest EF5 tornado in U.S. history was on May 22nd, 2011, the Joplin Tornado. Below you'll find a few facts about EF5 tornadoes, a list of notable EF5s in tornado history, pictures of EF5 tornado funnel clouds and a complete list of EF5 tornadoes between February 2007 and 2018.
Below is a list of all verified EF5 tornadoes that occurred between Feb 1st 2007 and 2017. Tornadoes prior to February 2007 are rated using the retired Fujita Scale, an equivalent strength tornado would be an F5 tornado.
|Occurance Number||Date Occured||Location|
|8||05-24-2011||El Reno/Piedmont, OK|
|4||04-27-2011||Hackleburg/Phil Campbell, AL|
Below are photos of some EF5 tornadoes throughout history.