Mayfield tornado upgraded to EF-4, traveled nearly 166 miles across Kentucky, NWS says
The tornado hit the Mayfield, Kentucky, area on Friday, Dec. 10.
The Mayfield, Kentucky, tornado has been given a preliminary damage rating of EF-4 with winds that topped 190 mph, the National Weather Service said Wednesday afternoon.
The long-track tornado traveled an astounding 165.7 miles from Fulton County to Muhlenberg County in western Kentucky on Friday evening.
The NWS initially gave the tornado a rating of EF-3, but they brought in a team of experts specializing in high-end tornado ratings to help further their investigation.
The Mayfield tornado was one of 52 confirmed tornadoes to hit the heartland during the outbreak.
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The EF-4 tornado left the town of Mayfield unrecognizable to some who have lived there for years.
The tornado destroyed a candle factory, killing at least eight people.