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F2
Corresponding tornado wind speed: 113-157 mph
Newcastle, Oklahoma

May 3, 1999: A tornado completely removed this wood-frame home's roof but left its outer and inner walls standing. Most trees in the storm's path were toppled.



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F4
Corresponding tornado wind speed: 207-260 mph
Bridge Creek, Oklahoma

May 3, 1999: The tornado leveled this house but left the debris more or less within the house's footprint, hence the F4 rating instead of F5.



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F1
Corresponding tornado wind speed: 73-112 mph
Near Pierce City, Missouri

May 5, 2003: F1 winds dug up these shallow-rooted trees and scattered them like matchsticks.



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F2
Corresponding tornado wind speed: 113-157 mph
Arlington, Texas

March 29, 2000: The house on the left with its roof still largely intact would receive an F1 rating. The house on the right depicts a classic F2 level of damage: its roof is largely gone but its walls remain standing.



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F4
Corresponding tornado wind speed: 207-260 mph
Moore, Oklahoma

May 3, 1999: This tornado left virtually nothing standing in any house on the block, though the debris is concentrated enough that an F5 rating would be too high.



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F3
Corresponding tornado wind speed: 158-206 mph
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

May 8, 2003: From lower right to upper right moving clockwise around the cul-de-sac, the damage to these houses would receive the following ratings: F0, F2, F3, F2, F1. The overall rating for this damage would thus be F3.



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F5
Corresponding tornado wind speed: 261-318 mph
Bridge Creek, Oklahoma

May 3, 1999: An extremely intense tornado leveled these houses, leaving the foundation of the house in the middle background swept clean.



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F2
Corresponding tornado wind speed: 113-157 mph
Nashville, Tennessee

April 16, 1998: All of the houses except for one escaped this tornado with only F0-level damage. But the F2-level damage to the roofless house makes the overall rating an F2.



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F2
Corresponding tornado wind speed: 113-157 mph
Lakeshore, Kansas

May 4, 1999: This mobile home park received extreme damage, but the tornado that hit it would not have caused as much damage to sturdier homes.



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