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Jun 7, 2010 10:05 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Ohio tornado winds clocked at 165 mph

The National Weather Service says the tornado that killed seven people in northwest Ohio over the weekend had winds of up to 165 mph, was up to 300 yards wide and may have traveled 10 miles.

Weather service meteorologist Will Kubina in Cleveland says the tornado was by far the most severe of four confirmed tornadoes that hit northern Ohio on Saturday. The deadly tornado destroyed at least 50 homes and left another 50 severely damaged. A high school was destroyed hours before Sunday's graduation.

Particularly hard hit were Lake Township and the community of Millbury, about 10 miles southeast of Toledo.

Among the dead is the father of a valedictorian at the destroyed high school that had to reschedule its graduation. Neighbors say the house of the valedictorian's family was destroyed, and all that was left was a basement filled with water.

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