Oklahoma twister a top-of-the-scale EF-5

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 21, 2013 at 11:42 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 22 at 12:00 AM

 MOORE, Okla. (AP) -- The National Weather Service says the tornado that hit Moore, Okla., was a top-of-the-scale EF-5 twister with winds of at least 200 mph.
 
   Spokeswoman Keli Pirtle said Tuesday the agency upgraded the tornado from an EF-4 on the enhanced Fujita scale to an EF-5 based on what a damage assessment team saw on the ground. The weather service uses the word "incredible" to describe the power of EF-5 storms.
 
   The weather service says the tornado's path was 17 miles long and 1.3 miles wide.
 
   Pirtle says Monday's twister is the first EF-5 tornado of 2013.
 

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