NWS: Damaging Cleburne tornado rated EF-3

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Associated Press

Posted on May 16, 2013 at 10:02 PM

CLEBURNE, Texas (AP) — The National Weather Service has rated a tornado that devastated a neighborhood in the North Texas town of Cleburne as an EF-3.

The assessment by a Weather Service storm survey team means the twister that hit Cleburne on Wednesday night packed gusts of 135 to 165 mph. According to the National Weather Service website, that's sufficient to collapse the walls of a strong frame house and rip the roof from a brick structure.

Cleburne Mayor Scott Cain declared a local disaster, and schools canceled classes because of damage.

Cain says no deaths or serious injuries were reported in Cleburne. Thousands lost electricity in the city of 30,000 situated about 25 miles south of Fort Worth.

Cleburne is 25 miles southeast of Granbury, where a tornado killed at least six people.

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