Three more tornadoes confirmed in Va., Md. during storms last month

July 09, 2013|By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun

The National Weather Service has added three short-lived tornadoes in Virginia and Maryland to the two it had already confirmed during storms June 13 in Montgomery and St. Mary's counties.

All were rated EF-0 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, the weakest category of tornado, and lasted just a few minutes each.

One was in the Broomes Island area of Calvert County, uprooting two oak trees 1-2 feet in diameter, destroying the roof of a farm building and ripping off tree limbs. The tornado had maximum wind speeds of 70 mph and was on the ground for about 3 minutes.

It was the second confirmed tornado in Southern Maryland that day -- another was found to have moved along a 14-mile path from the Oakley area to California and the Patuxent River, dissipating about the same time the other tornado formed to its north.

Two other newly confirmed tornadoes passed through Northern Virginia, in the Thornburg area of Spotsylvania County and in rural King George County.

For full reports on each tornado, read the weather service's public information statement.

The tornado outbreak came three days after another tornado outbreak brought four confirmed twisters across Maryland.

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