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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
518 PM EDT MON OCT 20 2014

...TORNADO CONFIRMED NEAR SAVAGE IN EASTERN HOWARD COUNTY
MARYLAND...

LOCATION...SAVAGE IN EASTERN HOWARD COUNTY MARYLAND
DATE...OCTOBER 15 2014
ESTIMATED TIME...1:13 PM TO 1:14 PM EDT
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF-0
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...55-65 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...75 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...APPROXIMATELY 0.4 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON...39.128N/76.829W
ENDING LAT/LON...39.132N/76.827W
* FATALITIES...NONE
* INJURIES...NONE

* THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT(S) AND PUBLICATION IN
NWS STORM DATA.

...SUMMARY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC HAS
CONFIRMED A TORNADO NEAR SAVAGE IN EASTERN HOWARD COUNTY MARYLAND
ON OCTOBER 15 2014.

AFTER A REVIEW OF RADAR OBSERVATIONS...911-CENTER AND BROADCAST
MEDIA REPORTS RELAYING GROUND OBSERVATIONS...AND NWS STORM SURVEY
RESULTS...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON
DC HAS CONFIRMED AN EF-0 TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR SAVAGE IN
HOWARD COUNTY MARYLAND DURING THE AFTERNOON OF WEDNESDAY OCTOBER
15 2014.

THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON CORROBORATING EVIDENCE BETWEEN
INTERMITTENT DAMAGE REPORTS ALONG THE PATH AND ROTATIONAL
VELOCITY COUPLETS FROM THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION/S
THURGOOD MARSHALL BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
TERMINAL DOPPLER WEATHER RADAR AND NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE KLWX
WSR-88D RADAR. THE TORNADO IS ESTIMATED TO HAVE TOUCHED DOWN AT
1:13 PM...APPROXIMATELY TWO HUNDRED YARDS SOUTH OF KNIGHTS BRIDGE
ROAD IN SAVAGE. THE TORNADO THEN UPROOTED AND DOWNED A LARGE TREE
THAT FELL ONTO THE SOUTH-FACING SIDE OF AN APARTMENT COMPLEX.
OTHER LARGE BRANCHES WERE SNAPPED OFF NEARBY TREES ALONG THE HILL
SIDE SOUTH OF STEBBING WAY. A NEARBY STREET SIGN WAS ALSO SNAPPED.
THE RADAR COUPLET SIGNATURE WEAKENED AND DISSIPATED AFTER 1:14 PM
PRIOR TO REACHING GORMAN ROAD.

THESE TYPE OF LOW-END EF-0 TORNADOES ARE COMMON TO QUASI-LINEAR
CONVECTIVE SYSTEM ENVIRONMENTS...WHICH OCCURRED ON THIS DAY.

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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LEE








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