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Perryville tornado had winds up to 165 mph, meteorologists say

Mar 3, 2017 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri)

PERRYVILLE, Mo. - The tornado that killed one motorist and destroyed homes in Perryville on Tuesday night packed winds of up to 165 mph and covered nearly 50 miles, weather officials said Thursday.

The National Weather Service has preliminarily labeled the tornado an EF-3 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. A final report is expected by Friday.

Wind strength of a tornado in that category is between 136 and 165 mph.

By comparison, the Joplin tornado in May 2011 that killed 161 people

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