GREENSBURG, Kan. -- Today marks seven years since an EF-5 tornado ripped through the southwest Kansas town of Greensburg, killing 11 people and destroying 95 percent of the town.
The tornado that ripped through the town was ferocious and unforgiving. It was rated as an EF-5 by the National Weather Service, the largest rating on the Enhanced Fujita Scale and the first in Kansas since the new scale was implemented.
The twister was 1.7 miles wide. A storm that magnitude was the first in the U.S. -- the next being on May 3rd of 1999 in central Oklahoma.
The Greensburg tornado was on the ground for 30 minutes and ran non-stop for 22 miles. Maximum winds were estimated at 205 mph. It was the first fatal storm in southwest Kansas since 1967.