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How fast is a tornado?

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Tornadoes have wind gusts of 65 miles per hour to over 200 miles per hour. Tornadoes are classified by strength and estimated wind speed, according to the Enhanced Fujita Scale, which assigns a rating of between EF0 and EF5.

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An EF0 tornado has wind gusts between 65 and 85 miles per hour. An EF1 tornado has wind gusts between 86 and 110 miles per hour. An EF2 tornado has wind gusts between 111 and 135 miles per hour. An EF3 tornado has wind gusts between 136 and 165 miles per hour. An EF4 tornado has wind gusts between 166 and 200 miles per hour. An EF5 tornado has wind gusts over 200 miles per hour. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration assigns the EF ratings to tornadoes, in addition to 28 damage indicators that used are to rate the extent of damage.

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