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Winds during thunderstorms powerful as tornado

Winds of up to 96 mph were recorded during Monday night’s thunderstorms. The National Weather Service compared the winds to a tornado or a hurricane.

BY MATT DINGER AND BRYAN PAINTER Published: August 10, 2011
Straight-line wind speeds recorded Monday at Lahoma in Garfield County were as powerful as an EF-1 tornado and a Category 2 hurricane.

The Oklahoma Mesonet recorded winds at 96 mph during Monday night’s thunderstorm. Wind speeds with EF-1 tornadoes are between 86 and 110 mph, and 95 mph is the highest wind speed in Category 1 hurricanes.

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