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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
720 PM EDT MON JUN 22 2015

...TORNADO CONFIRMED NEAR TUSCARORA IN FREDERICK COUNTY MD...

LOCATION...TUSCARORA IN FREDERICK COUNTY MD
DATE...JUNE 20 2015
ESTIMATED TIME...7:39 PM TO 7:45 PM
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF0 ESTIMATED
MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...65 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...75 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...1.5 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON...39.2604/77.4650
ENDING LAT/LON...39.3767/77.4538
FATALITIES...0
INJURIES...0

* 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 TUSCARORA IN FREDERICK COUNTY MD ON JUNE
20 2015.

A TEAM FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VA CONDUCTED
A GROUND SURVEY OF TORNADO DAMAGE ALONG A 1.5 MILE PATH BEGINNING
NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF TUSCARORA ROAD AND BUCKEYSTOWN
PIKE...THEN MOVED NORTHEAST TO GREENFIELD ROAD. BASED ON THIS
SURVEY ALONG WITH RADAR DATA...THE TEAM DETERMINED AN EF-0
TORNADO OCCURRED ALONG THIS PATH.

THE TORNADO WAS APPROXIMATELY 75 YARDS WIDE WITH MAXIMUM WINDS OF
65 MPH. LARGE TREE BRANCHES WERE SNAPPED HALF WAY UP AND TREES
WERE NEARLY PUSHED OVER FROM SOUTH TO NORTH NEAR THE INTERSECTION
OF TUSCARORA ROAD AND BUCKEYSTOWN PIKE. ADDITIONAL TREE DAMAGE
OCCURRED AT TWO RESIDENCES JUST NORTH OF THE INTERSECTION...WITH A
MAILBOX AT THE SAME LOCATION PUSHED OVER ABOUT 45 DEGREES. ANOTHER
SMALL TREE WAS SNAPPED OVER IN A SOUTHEAST TO NORTHWEST DIRECTION
ABOUT ONE HALF MILE NORTH OF THE RESIDENCES. A LARGE TREE WAS
SNAPPED OVER AT THE BASE IN A NORTH TO SOUTH DIRECTION AT A
RESIDENCE JUST OFF BUCKEYSTOWN PIKE NEAR GREENFIELD ROAD. ON THE
BACKSIDE OF THE RESIDENCE AND ALONG GREENFIELD ROAD...AN
ADDITIONAL LARGE TREE BRANCH WAS ALSO SNAPPED IN A NORTH TO SOUTH
DIRECTION. NO ADDITIONAL DAMAGE WAS NOTED TO THE NORTH OF
GREENFIELD ROAD.

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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KRW/SHG



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