It may look violent except not really.Keep in mind, the bulk of that 2.6 mile width contained F1-ish winds, and the 300 mph subvorts weren't present the whole time and covered a relatively small area. The width is not a good indicator of tornado strength, and there could have been many other tornadoes that were as large or larger than El Reno. We just don't know since we didn't have mobile radars to measure them all.
At 1608 Lingerfeldt Road/CR 180 a large two story brick home was completely obliterated with several of the supporting anchors ripped out of the ground. A concrete porch was ripped off with pieces strewn up to 150 yards. A section of the asphalt driveway was pulled up. In addition, an anchored liberty safe weighing 800 pounds was pulled off its anchorage and thrown into a wooded area 600 feet away. When found, the safe`s door had been ripped open and completely off. A large pick-up truck at this residence was found mangled in pieces over 250 yards away in the same wooded area. The residents of the home survived in a nearby storm pit. Of note the storm pit was partially exposed by the tornado with dirt being sucked up and pulled away around the opening. Next door a mobile home was completely disintegrated. The residents of the mobile there also survived in a storm pit.
Yeah, I don't think there's much doubt the Bakersfield Valley tornado was more intense than Saragosa. Another interesting, oft-overlooked candidate is the April 16, 1998 Middle Tennessee F5. It's often called "The Forgotten F5" because it was overshadowed by the tornado in downtown Nashville and it occurred in largely rural areas. This was actually a family of three tornadoes, all of which were very large and violent, and two of which were most likely F5s.The Bakersfield Valley, TX tornado of 1990 was one I did not know about - upon doing some google searching what I found particularly interesting (given my interest in the Saragosa tornado of 1987) was the following text:
"Several instances of F4 damage were noted. Such occurences are rare; during the preceeding 40-year period, the Saragosa tornado of 1987 was the only violent tornado documented in this region. Damage was observed and documented in the BV tornado which was not seen in the Saragosa tornado. The removal of asphalt from Co-Op Road and the extensive scouring of vegetation are examples of damage which was documented in the BV tornado but not in the Saragosa tornado. On the basis of this additional damage, we suspect that the BV tornado was at times stronger than the Saragosa tornado. However, insufficient conclusive evidence existed to warrant an F5 rating for BV."