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NWS Rates Twister Strengths High

Mon, 18 Nov 2013 14:30:12 CST
By: AP

The National Weather Service says a tornado that struck the community of Washington had winds between 170 and 190 miles per hour. The meteorologists say the storm had a preliminary rating of an EF-4. The Tazewell County storm killed one person and injured dozens of others during Sunday's severe weather. Meanwhile, a tornado that touched down in southern Illinois near New Minden, about 45 miles southeast of St. Louis, also had a preliminary rating of an EF-4. A northern Illinois tornado near Coal City had wind gusts between 111 and 135 miles per hour, making it an EF-2. National Weather Service survey crews are reviewing damage near Peoria as well as in Champaign and Vermilion counties

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