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May 19, 2011

Two tornadoes confirmed in Tuesday's storms

NOTE: An earlier version of this post stated the storms struck Wednesday evening. They were on Tuesday evening, but were confirmed on Wednesday.  My bad.

National Weather Service survey teams have confirmed that two tornadoes touched down in Maryland during Tuesday's storms. The most powerful was an EF-1 twister in Washington County that traveled on the ground for more than two miles, with top winds speeds reaching 90 to 100 mph.

No one was injured in either storm.

The first tornado touched down at 5:35 p.m. north of Wolfsville, in Frederick County. In about four minutes it cut a path about 75 yards wide and more than a mile long. Most of the damage was to trees in its path, although NWS surveyors noted "minor" shingle and siding damage to buildings in the path. A backyard play center was snapped from its bolted moorings and rolled, they said. Top winds reached 75 mph.

The second tornado touched down at 8:10 p.m. near Maugansville, in Washington County. It traveled on the surface for five minutes, along a path 200 yards wide. Trees were uprooted or snapped, and several outbuildings were toppled or destroyed. A garage door was blown in and the building's roof was lifted.

In several neighborhoods, trees were snapped, uprooted or stripped of their branches. An RV home was knocked on its side and blown 45 feet into the next yard. Shingle and roof damage also was noted.  

Posted by Frank Roylance at 7:24 AM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Tornadoes


I believe the tornado mentioned in Wolfesville actually occurred Tuesday evening?

We also saw the funnel cloud in the sky over our home in Edgewater around 5:35-6 p.m. was apparently north of us. We were wondering where it was headed - heard no news of it.
Good to have this info.

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