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  • A rating of 3 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale


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  • Initial surveys by the National Weather Service estimated the storm as an "EF3" with winds at least 135-165 mph.


  • The worst damage was consistent with an EF3 tornado, which has winds of 136 to 165 mph.

    Small Iowa town 'lucky' after big tornado

  • The twister was measured to be on the lower end of an EF3, which carries wind speeds of 136 to 165 mph.

    Iowa residents sift through tornado aftermath

  • The initial damage survey gave the tornado an EF4 rating on the enhanced Fujita scale, with EF2 and EF3 damage common along its path.

    Saturday's tornadoes: Success amid devastation

  • The EF scale (Enhanced Fujita) was used for the first time in 1971 when parts of central Florida were struck by multiple tornadoes, the strongest of which were rated at EF3 on the new scale.

    Michael DeJong: Greensburg, Kansas: From Green-town to Clean-town

  • Large tornado, an EF3 rolling through McGee, Mississippi, yesterday, damaging over 60 homes and injuring upwards of 28 people.

    CNN Transcript Mar 27, 2009

  • He said preliminary survey is that this was an EF3, at least 136 mile-an-hour winds.

    CNN Transcript Feb 7, 2008

  • They're newer and so we know that this is probably what we would consider at least a severe tornado, an EF3 or possibly greater.

    CNN Transcript May 25, 2008

  • LONG: A powerful force of nature zigzagging across Virginia -- was it an EF3 or an EF4?

    CNN Transcript Apr 29, 2008

  • I would say we're still looking at probably a strong EF3 to a weak EF4, which would still be in the old category three, an F3, somewhere between 160 to 180 miles per hour. there could have been 200 mile per hour winds in this storm, but it didn't look ever wide enough to maybe get to that point.

    CNN Transcript Apr 29, 2008


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