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Oklahoma Twister A Top-Of-The-Scale EF-5

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Piles of debris lie around a home destroyed by a tornado May 21, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma.  (credit:  Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Piles of debris lie around a home destroyed by a tornado May 21, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. (credit: Brett Deering/Getty Images)

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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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