« First tornado confirmed for Maryland, in PG County | Main | Snow in May? Or 98 degrees? »

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)
Categories: Tornadoes

Post a comment

All comments must be approved by the blog author. Please do not resubmit comments if they do not immediately appear. You are not required to use your full name when posting, but you should use a real e-mail address. Comments may be republished in print, but we will not publish your e-mail address. Our full Terms of Service are available here.

Verification (needed to reduce spam):

About Frank Roylance
This site is the Maryland Weather archive. The current Maryland Weather blog can be found here.
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

Sign up for FREE weather alerts*
Get free Baltimore Sun mobile alerts
Sign up for weather text alerts

Returning user? Update preferences.
Sign up for more Sun text alerts
*Standard message and data rates apply. Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.
Maryland Weather Center

Area Weather Stations
Resources and Sun coverage
• Weather news

• Readers' photos

• Data from the The Sun's weather station

• 2011 stargazers' calendar

• Become a backyard astronomer in five simple steps

• Baltimore Weather Archive
Daily airport weather data for Baltimore from 1948 to today

• National Weather Service:
Sterling Forecast Office

• Capital Weather Gang:
Washington Post weather blog

• CoCoRaHS:
Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network. Local observations by volunteers

• Weather Bug:
Webcams across the state

• National Data Buoy Center:
Weather and ocean data from bay and ocean buoys

• U.S. Drought Monitor:
Weekly maps of drought conditions in the U.S.

• USGS Earthquake Hazards Program:
Real-time data on earthquakes

• Water data:
From the USGS, Maryland

• National Hurricane Center

• Air Now:
Government site for air quality information

• NWS Climate Prediction Center:
Long-term and seasonal forecasts

• U.S. Climate at a Glance:
NOAA interactive site for past climate data, national, state and city

• Clear Sky Clock:
Clear sky alerts for stargazers


• Hubblesite:
Home page for Hubble Space Telescope

• Heavens Above:
Everything for the backyard stargazer, tailored to your location

• NASA Eclipse Home Page:
Centuries of eclipse predictions

• Cruise Critic: Hurricane Zone:
Check to see how hurricanes may affect your cruise schedule

• Warming World:
NASA explains the science of climate change with articles, videos, “data visualizations,” and space-based imagery.

• What on Earth:
NASA blog on current research at the space agency.
Most Recent Comments
Blog updates
Recent updates to news blogs
 Subscribe to this feed
Charm City Current
Stay connected