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May 20, 2013

Video of damaging EF2 tornado near Rozel Saturday

The tornado that just missed Rozel in western Pawnee County Saturday damaged five farms and has been rated an EF2 by the National Weather Service.

The tornado had maximum winds of 130 miles an hour and was about 1,100 yards wide – or nearly two-thirds of a mile – at its widest point. Here’s video of the tornado, shot by the storm chasing group Basehunters Chasing and posted on the weather service website.

The tornado touched down six miles southwest of Rozel and moved northeast for about five miles – coming to within a mile of Rozel – before it turned northwest and dissipated three miles northwest of the city, according to the weather service. The slow-moving tornado was on the ground for 29 minutes and covered about 7 miles.

One farm house about two miles west of Rozel was destroyed, as these damage photos taken during the weather service’s damage survey indicate. However, the couple who lives in the house escaped injury.

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