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April 29, 2011

Tornado count for Md., Va. now at seven

The National Weather Service has now confirmed that seven tornadoes, with top winds rated from EF-0 to EF-2, touched down in Maryland and Virginia during the storms on Wednesday and Thursday this week. And surveyors are still looking for more.

Damage inspections found the most powerful storm in the regional outbreak struck in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, ripping a 33-mile path across Rockingham and Shenandoah counties in the northern end of the valley, injuring two people - the only casualties reported in any of the twisters. One was an 82-year-old woman struck by flying debris. The other was a 28-year-old woman who fell trying to escape the storm.

Two of the tornadoes struck in Maryland. The first was the EF-0 event near Andrews Air Force Base that began at 7:16 p.m. Wednesday. It tore up some roofing and siding and toppled some trees, but moved onto the base without causing any major damage. 

The second was an EF-1 that struck at 11:20 a.m. Thursday near Breton Bay in St. Mary's County. It snapped and toppled numerous trees along its 3.3-mile path. Surveyors found damage to roofing and siding. Winds blew out a cinderblock wall on a storage shed and damaged its roof.

The surveyors also confirmed an EF-0 tornado touched ground near Manassas, Va., and counted three more EF-1 twisters in Staunton, Linville and Harrisonburg, Va.

Inspection teams are continuing to look at storm damage at other locations to determine whether any more tornadoes struck this week.

Do you have photos of any of this damage? Email your best shots to me and I'll post them.

Posted by Frank Roylance at 6:01 PM | | Comments (0)
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Frank Roylance is a reporter for The Baltimore Sun. He came to Baltimore from New Bedford, Mass. in 1980 to join the old Evening Sun. He moved to the morning Sun when the papers merged in 1992, and has spent most of his time since covering science, including astronomy and the weather. One of The Baltimore Sun's first online Web logs, the Weather Blog debuted in October 2004. In June 2006 Frank also began writing comments on local weather and stargazing for The Baltimore Sun's print Weather Page. Frank also answers readers’ weather queries for the newspaper and the blog. Frank Roylance retired in October 2011. Maryland Weather is now being updated by members of The Baltimore Sun staff
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