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Video of deadly Texas tornado

  • Finger on the Weather
  • Published Thursday, May 16, 2013, at 6:57 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, May 16, 2013, at 7:25 p.m.

Here’s video of the large tornado that struck Cleburne, Texas, last night. It was shot by Paige Burress, a University of Oklahoma student who chases with the group Texas Storm Chasers

The tornado was one of a dozen twisters that struck north Texas Wednesday night, killing 6 and injuring dozens. Another 7 people were still missing Thursday morning. All of the fatalities occurred in the town of Granbury, about 30 miles southwest of Fort Worth.

A preliminary assessment of the Cleburne tornado by the National Weather Service indicates it grew to more than half a mile wide and earned an EF-3 rating on the Enhanced Fujita scale. EF-3 tornadoes have winds of up to 165 miles an hour.

You’ll hear a chaser comparing this tornado to the deadly tornado that wiped out Greensburg, Kansas, on May 4, 2007. Actually, this tornado wasn’t as large or as strong as the Greensburg beast, but the two twisters did have one thing in common: they both took hard left turns to travel straight north late in their tracks.

That left turn to the north took the 2007 tornado right into Greensburg.

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