Mass. Tornado Rated An EF-3, Third Highest On Wind Damage Scale

BOSTON (CBS) – The National Weather Service has declared one of Wednesday’s tornadoes in Massachusetts an EF-3, the third highest ranking in terms of damage, with wind speeds from 136-to-165 miles per hour.

The NWS statement said the EF-3 rating applies to “the tornado that passed from Westfield through Springfield and eastward to Monson and beyond.”

They hope to have more information late Friday evening.

165 mile-an-hour winds would equal a Category 5 hurricane, the most serious of hurricanes.

Photos: Tornadoes Tear Through Massachusetts

Two teams from the weather service are touring western and central Massachusetts to learn more about the twisters’ speed, force, and exact path.

Read: The Enhanced Fujita Scale

The Enhanced Fujita Scale is a set of wind estimates based on damage.

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