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      Moore tornado confirmed a monster EF5

      The National Weather Service confirmed on Tuesday that the massive tornado that ripped through Moore, Okla., was a top-of-the-scale EF5.

      MOORE, Okla. (AP) ?? The National Weather Service says the tornado that hit Moore, Okla., was a top-of-the-scale EF-5 twister with winds of at least 200 mph.

      Spokeswoman Keli Pirtle said Tuesday the agency upgraded the tornado from an EF-4 on the enhanced Fujita scale to an EF-5 based on what a damage assessment team saw on the ground. The weather service uses the word "incredible" to describe the power of EF-5 storms.

      The weather service says the tornado's path was 17 miles long and 1.3 miles wide.

      Pirtle says Monday's twister is the first EF-5 tornado of 2013.

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