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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...CORRECTED  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC  
811 PM EST SUN FEB 26 2017  
 
...TORNADO CONFIRMED NEAR LA PLATA AND WALDORF IN CHARLES COUNTY  
MD...  
 
LOCATION...LA PLATA AND WALDORF IN CHARLES COUNTY MD  
DATE...FEBRUARY 25 2017  
ESTIMATED TIME...306 PM TO 317 PM EST  
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF1  
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...90 MPH  
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...125 YARDS  
PATH LENGTH...8.4 MILES  
BEGINNING LAT/LON...38.5551N / 76.9841W  
ENDING LAT/LON...38.6275N / 76.8583W  
FATALITIES...0  
INJURIES...0  
 
* THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO  
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN NWS  
STORM DATA.  
   
..SUMMARY
 
 
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC HAS  
CONFIRMED A TORNADO NEAR LA PLATA AND WALDORF IN CHARLES COUNTY MD ON  
FEBRUARY 25 2017.  
 
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PERSONNEL COMPLETED A GROUND SURVEY  
ALONG WITH RADAR ANALYSIS AND CONCLUDED A TORNADO THAT PEAKED AT  
LOW-END EF1 INTENSITY WITH WINDS OF 90 MPH PRODUCED DAMAGE ALONG A  
8.4 MILE PATH...BEGINNING NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF U.S. ROUTE 301  
(CRAIN HIGHWAY) AND ROSEWICK ROAD IN NORTH LA PLATA MD. THE  
TORNADO THEN MOVED NORTHEAST LIFTING NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF ST.  
PETERS CHURCH ROAD AND GRUSS FARM PLACE IN EAST WALDORF.  
 
ALONG THE TORNADOES PATH...NUMEROUS TREES WERE OBSERVED TO HAVE  
BEEN SNAPPED, UPROOTED, AND TOPPLED IN MULTIPLE DIRECTIONS. THE  
FALLEN TREES DOWNED MANY POWER LINES AND BLOCKED MULTIPLE ROADS.  
SOME TREES AND LARGE BRANCHES ALSO FELL ONTO HOMES AND GARAGES.  
MINOR ROOF DAMAGE WAS ALSO OBSERVED WITH THE REMOVAL OF SHINGLES  
AND EAVES. SOME LOSS OF INSULATION WAS OBSERVED NEAR WHERE THE  
TORNADO PEAKED IN INTENSITY.  
 
INITIAL CONCENTRATED PATH OF TREE DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED NEAR THE  
ROSEWICK CROSSING SHOPPING CENTER. A NARROW PATH OF TREE DAMAGE  
THEN CONTINUED NORTHEAST NEAR WHITE PLAINS VILLAGE...WHERE MINOR  
ROOF DAMAGE IN THE FORM OF LOSS OF SHINGLES AND EAVES WAS  
OBSERVED TO SEVERAL HOMES. THE TORNADO THEN CONTINUED NORTHEAST  
CROSSING BILLINGSLEY ROAD NEAR ST. CHARLES PARKWAY...WHERE MORE  
TREE AND MINOR ROOF DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED.  
 
THE TORNADO CONTINUED FURTHER NORTHEAST...PEAKING IN INTENSITY  
NEAR THE SMALLWOOD VILLAGE SHOPPING CENTER AND HUNTINGTON  
TOWNHOUSES...WHERE THE LOW-END EF1 DAMAGE AND MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH  
OF 125 YARDS WAS OBSERVED. NUMEROUS TREES WERE OBSERVED DOWN  
ACROSS THESE AREAS WITH MULTIPLE INSTANCES OF SHINGLE, SIDING, AND  
EAVE DAMAGE. IT WAS IN THIS AREA WHERE SOME LOSS OF ROOF INSULATION  
WAS OBSERVED. A LIGHT POST WAS BLOWN OVER AND SOME WINDOWS WERE  
ALSO BLOWN OUT. JUST TO THE NORTHEAST A CAR PORT WAS LIFTED AND  
COLLAPSED ON A FEW AUTOMOBILES.  
 
THE TORNADO THEN CONTINUED TO CREATE AREAS OF MINOR ROOF AND TREE  
DAMAGE AS IT MOVED NORTHEAST...PASSING JUST TO THE NORTH OF THE  
ST. PETERS CATHOLIC CHURCH...BEYOND THERE DAMAGE BECAME MORE  
SPOTTY...WITH THE TORNADO LIKELY LIFTING JUST TO THE NORTHEAST OF  
THE CHURCH NEAR ST. PETERS CHURCH ROAD.  
 
THE DAMAGE COINCIDED PERFECTLY WITH A TORNADIC SIGNATURE ON NWS  
AND FAA DOPPLER RADARS.  
 
VERY LITTLE DAMAGE WAS OBSERVED OUTSIDE OF THE TORNADOES TRACK  
ACROSS LA PLATA AND WALDORF...WITH AT MOST SOME SPOTTY MINOR TREE  
DAMAGE.  
 
FEBRUARY TORNADOES IN MD ARE RARE. HERE IS A LIST OF JAN/FEB  
TORNADOES IN MD (SINCE 1950):  
 
FEB 13 1966 F1 FREDERICK COUNTY  
JAN 27 1967 F1 ST. MARY'S COUNTY  
JAN 28 1974 F1 CHARLES COUNTY  
JAN 06 2002 F0 SOMERSET COUNTY  
FEB 21 2014 EF0 ST. MARY'S AND CALVERT COUNTY  
FEB 24 2016 EFO ST. MARY'S COUNTY  
 
THIS INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE AT  
WEATHER.GOV/WASHINGTON.  
 
FOR REFERENCE...THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES  
INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:  
 
EF0...WIND SPEEDS 65 TO 85 MPH.  
EF1...WIND SPEEDS 86 TO 110 MPH.  
EF2...WIND SPEEDS 111 TO 135 MPH.  
EF3...WIND SPEEDS 136 TO 165 MPH.  
EF4...WIND SPEEDS 166 TO 200 MPH.  
EF5...WIND SPEEDS GREATER THAN 200 MPH.  
 

 
 
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