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Officials: Wayne tornado ranks EF4

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By: Channel 8 Newsroom

WAYNE, Neb. (AP) Residents of northeast Nebraska are continuing to clean up after a several strong tornadoes moved through the area.

The storms Friday night caused significant damage to two dozen businesses in Wayne and damaged at least 10 homes outside the city. The cleanup was scheduled to resume Sunday morning.

The National Weather Service says the tornado that struck Wayne had peak winds up to 170 mph, so it ranked EF4. That's near the top of the five-point Enhanced Fujita scale for tornadoes.

Wayne Mayor Ken Chamberlin says the storm caused millions of dollars in damage and rebuilding will be slow. The governor is scheduled to tour the area Sunday.

The Weather Service says October tornadoes are unusual, but not unheard of. Last year, there were 41 tornadoes nationwide in October.

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