EF3 tornado

EF3 tornado

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Caption: EF3 tornado, near Mapleton, Iowa, USA. A tornado is a rapidly rotating funnel of air that can form below certain types of storm clouds. High wind speeds within the rotating funnel can cause immense destruction. This tornado hit Mapleton at around 19:30 local time on 9 April 2011, damaging large areas of the city. The tornado was rated an EF3 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. An EF3 tornado produces wind speeds between 219 and 266 kilometres per hour.

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