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Tornado that nearly hit Rozel Saturday may be upgraded to an EF-4

  • Finger on the Weather
  • Published Monday, May 20, 2013, at 7:45 p.m.
  • Updated Monday, May 20, 2013, at 8:09 p.m.

The National Weather Service in Dodge City is reporting that wind speed data for the large tornado that touched down in western Pawnee County Saturday night and came within a mile of Rozel indicates the tornado had speeds of up to 185 miles an hour.

That would elevate the tornado’s rating to an EF-4 on the Enhanced Fujita scale. The tornado damaged five farms, including a house in which two people were sheltering. They escaped injury.

Confirmation of the tornado’s wind speeds and EF rating is pending.

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