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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,SUN FILM CRITIC | May 10, 1996
"Twister" is so depressingly infantile that after a bit you need to take shelter not from the winds but from all the twaddle flying through the air.Purportedly an account of teams of storm chasers competing to get an instrument pack up the kazoo of a butt-ugly whirling dervish on the Oklahoma plains, the movie is really about trucks and hubbub. Whenever the director, Jan De Bont (of "Speed"), doesn't know what to do, he'll throw in a six- or seven-minute like-a-rock reverie to the joys of cross-country 4-by-4ing -- you know, roaring down country roads and through chicken coops and across cornfields, really makin' them shocks and struts earn their pay. Meanwhile, layers of goofy technobabble crank over ,, the radio, and the whole thing just seems silly.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2013
A lightning strike injured a Cecil County zookeeper, half-dollar-sized hail fell in several counties and tornado sightings sent people scurrying for shelter from Rockville to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Yet the worst fears of weather forecasters didn't materialize Thursday. The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center called the first of two systems that darkened skies and dumped rain Thursday a "low-end" derecho, known for powerful winds that travel in a straight line over hundreds of miles.
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By Ken Ellingwood and Ken Ellingwood,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 21, 2003
ATLANTA - Pre-dawn tornadoes raked southern Georgia yesterday, killing at least six people and injuring more than 50 others in nearly the same spot where a disastrous twister struck three years ago. Authorities said four people died in Mitchell County and two others died in Worth County next door when tornadoes struck the peanut-growing region. The twisters destroyed or damaged more than 150 homes and barns and caused $1 million in damage to timber forests. The tornadoes erupted from a wave of storms that swept through much of the South.
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By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2012
At least nine tornadoes ripped through Maryland on Friday during a 41/2-hour period, the National Weather Service said Sunday. Tornadoes touched down in six counties - including one that left a four-mile path of destruction in Carroll County, according to the Weather Service. Two were injured in a separate tornado that tore through Pleasant Hills in Harford County. The first of the nine tornadoes hit at 2:29 p.m. and the last was at 7:06 p.m., the National Weather Service reported.
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By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,SUN STAFF | May 5, 1999
The devastating outbreak of tornadoes that raked Oklahoma and Kansas on Monday night is expected to rank among the worst in history.One monstrous Oklahoma twister -- among the 76 in one unofficial count -- was up to a mile wide. It churned across some of the state's most densely populated communities for four hours.But despite dramatic TV images, meteorologists say there is no evidence that such deadly outbreaks are becoming more severe or more frequent as a result of global warming or some other factor unique to our times.
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January 24, 1999
"Have you ever wondered what it's like to be inside a twister? Well, if you have, you would love this story. It is called 'Old Ramon' by Jack Schaefer and it's a great book. 'Old Ramon' is a farmer who has to teach this kid how to be a farmer. He teaches him how to get through deserts, what to do in the case of a twister and how to bring sheep through mountains. If you like adventure you've got to read this book. I especially learned how hard it is to be a farmer."-- Jonathan Zwaig, Greenmount School" 'The Case of the Shark Encounter' by Nancy E. Krulik is my favorite book because it stars my favorite twin girls, Mary-Kate and Ashley.
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By Scott Dance | April 3, 2012
Bystanders have posted cell phone videos of today's tornado outbreak in the Dallas area on YouTube, and they are awe-inspiring and surreal. In one video, people stand in awe of a twister in the distance before fearing it's headed their way and going indoors. Here are two accounts of a tornado near Forney, Texas:  
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By Mike Klingaman and Mike Klingaman,SUN STAFF | October 16, 1995
A meteorologist for the National Weather Service confirmed yesterday what Anne Arundel County residents suspected: a small but intense tornado cut a narrow swath through the community of Arnold on Saturday night.The twister, which ranged from 50 to 100 yards wide, packed winds of up to 95 miles an hour and vanished 2 miles and 4 minutes after it touched down in the development of Belvedere Heights, said Barry Goldsmith, an official from National Weather Service headquarters in Sterling, Va. who toured the area yesterday.
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September 28, 2001
Officials from the Maryland Emergency Management Agency have estimated the losses from Monday's tornado, which carved out a 10-mile path of destruction in Prince George's and Howard counties, and are waiting for Gov. Parris N. Glendening to review the estimate before releasing it. MEMA spokesman Quentin Banks said the agency hoped to get a final decision from the governor's office soon. Michael Morrill, a spokesman for Glendening, said Wednesday that the state could surpass the minimum $5 million in uninsured damage needed to qualify for federal aid. At the University of Maryland, College Park campus, school officials estimated the tornado caused $15 million in damage.
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By Kevin Cowherd | October 27, 1993
Correction: In a recent column, it was reported that a "twister" was sighted in the kitchen of a Baltimore home. The word should have read "toaster."We apologize for any inconvenience this error may have caused.The column also made reference to a neighbor, Floyd A. Longmeir, who had reportedly observed the "twister" from his back porch.The man's name should have read Floyd R. Longkettle. Mr. Longkettle now insists that he clearly stated to this reporter that he had seen a "toaster," possibly a four-slice General Electric.
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By Scott Dance | April 3, 2012
Bystanders have posted cell phone videos of today's tornado outbreak in the Dallas area on YouTube, and they are awe-inspiring and surreal. In one video, people stand in awe of a twister in the distance before fearing it's headed their way and going indoors. Here are two accounts of a tornado near Forney, Texas:  
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By Frank D. Roylance, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2011
Some of the violent winds that snapped and toppled trees in sections of Harford County Sunday afternoon were small tornadoes, the National Weather Service determined Tuesday. Damage surveys rated the twisters at EF-0, the weakest category. There were no reports of injuries or structural damage. Surveyors also found widespread evidence of powerful straight-line winds that caused damage to trees only. The first tornado struck at 4:07 p.m. just north of the town of Street, and traveled on the ground for 1.7 miles.
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By Frank D. Roylance, The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2010
The violent windstorm that struck Northeast Baltimore and Parkville early Wednesday briefly produced a tornado with top winds of 85 to 100 mph, the National Weather Service said Thursday. The twister was rated an EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, the second-lowest ranking. The tornado was on the ground for less than a minute. Much of the damage done along the storm's five-mile path, from Morgan State University in Baltimore to Gunpowder State Park in Baltimore County, was caused by powerful straight-line winds, according to experts from the weather service's Baltimore- Washington Forecast Office in Sterling, Va. In all, the report said, "it took only four minutes for the [storm]
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Special to The Baltimore Sun | March 22, 2009
It was a night for taking it easy on some of the Blast's most notable veterans. Missing from the lineup were All-League goalkeeper Sagu, who was celebrating his 36th birthday, and the franchise's all-time leading scorer, Denison Cabral, 35. But the absences didn't have any effect on the outcome as the Blast closed its regular-season home schedule with a 20-9 victory over the National Indoor Soccer League's worst team, the Massachusetts Twisters....
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By Scott Duncan and Scott Duncan,Special to The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2009
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -Little drama remained as the Blast entered the fourth quarter of last night's game against the Massachusetts Twisters. With Baltimore's 10th victory all but complete, the only uncertainty was whether the Blast would eclipse the 20-point mark - one it had surpassed in three previous meetings with the Twisters.That was accomplished quickly as the Blast poured in three goals in the first five minutes of the final quarter as it routed the Twisters, 23-9, at the Eastern States Coliseum.
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By Scott Duncan and Scott Duncan,Special to The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2009
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -One game after making his debut with the Blast, Adrian Bumbut became an offensive juggernaut. On a night when the Blast set a franchise record for points scored in a game in an overwhelming 37-5 victory over the Massachusetts Twisters, the rookie forward set team season highs for goals and points in a game with five and 12, respectively, last night. Bumbut recorded a hat trick during the first two quarters and scored two more goals in the second half in the blowout at the Eastern States Coliseum.
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May 2, 2002
MEMBERS OF the Greater Waldorf Jaycees began telephoning Pam Thompson soon after a black snake of a twister struck Charles County on Sunday night. Ms. Thompson had a plan in mind for her volunteers -- preparing and delivering breakfast, lunch and dinner to the needy, the rescue workers, the cleanup crews. "Just show up," she told callers. When the Jaycees weren't lugging cases of water and cans of soda, passing out ham and cheese sandwiches or serving up barbecue and fried chicken, they were delivering them in four-wheel-drives and trailers to the flattened and devastated city of La Plata.
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July 23, 1996
THE POWERFUL DARK twister that touched down on southeastern Carroll County last Friday was upon us for but a few terrifying minutes, but its fickle path of destruction devastated two neighborhoods near Gamber and forced dozens of people from their homes. It is believed to be the most powerful tornado in the county's history, an 180-mph wind funnel classified as an "F3" by the National Weather Service.But the violent storm was inexplicably merciful in its impact on human life. Two young brothers, ages four months and two years, were sucked from their second-floor bedroom and dumped on the ground, but they were released after an overnight hospital stay.
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By Dan Hickling Special to The Baltimore Sun | January 4, 2009
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The Blast continued its waltz through the fledgling National Indoor Soccer League last night as it trounced the Massachusetts Twisters, 26-4, before a crowd of a few hundred at the Eastern States Coliseum. Nine players scored for the Blast, which remained undefeated at 5-0. The Twisters, who were last-minute entrants into the league, fell to 1-5, a mark that includes a 27-2 rout in their only other meeting with the Blast. "We don't come expecting an easy game," Blast coach Danny Kelly said.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Special to The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2008
It shaped up as a mismatch and developed as just that. With the Massachusetts Twisters, a last-minute entry into the National Indoor Soccer League, as the opposition for the first time ever, the Blast quickly turned the game into little more than a scrimmage, racing to a 12-0 first-quarter lead and proceeding to a 27-2 victory last night at 1st Mariner Arena. Even without the franchise's all-time leading scorer, Denison Cabral, who sat out the game with an illness, the Blast had far too much skill for the Twisters (0-3)
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