Small tor­nado grew out of storm Fri­day evening

Na­tional Weather Ser­vice con­firms a brief twis­ter hit near Broad Run

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - BY MAR­TIN WEIL mar­tin.weil@wash­post.com

The fu­ri­ous wind and rain wit­nessed Fri­day evening in Fauquier and western Prince Wil­liam coun­ties in Vir­ginia were part of an in­tense storm that pro­duced a small tor­nado.

The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice said Sat­ur­day that it had con­firmed a brief tor­nado near Broad Run in Fauquier County.

Rated at EF-0, the low­est level on the tor­nado in­ten­sity scale, the twis­ter up­rooted many trees and snapped big branches along a 1.2-mile path that ran just south of John Mar­shall High­way and also In­ter­state 66, ac­cord­ing to the Weather Ser­vice.

Strik­ing shortly af­ter 6 p.m. and par­al­lel­ing the two roads, it fol­lowed a track about 100 yards wide as it headed east to­ward the bor­der be­tween Fauquier and Prince Wil­liam coun­ties, ac­cord­ing to the Weather Ser­vice.

Brit­tany Rogers, who was in a car on I-66 near Hay­mar­ket, said vis­i­bil­ity fell to zero and driv­ers stopped.

Fri­day’s twis­ter came in the same week as a far more pow­er­ful tor­nado top­pled trees and dam­aged houses in Sal­is­bury, on Mary­land’s Eastern Shore.

Al­though Fri­day’s storms seemed most in­tense in North­ern Vir­ginia, they demon­strated their strength in Mary­land as well, with two houses pos­si­bly struck by light­ning.

And as if it was not wet enough Fri­day, rain re­turned Sat­ur­day night. It post­poned the D.C. United soc­cer game, as the team cited both in­clement weather and con­di­tions on the field, which ap­peared to re­sem­ble the leg­endary swamp.

It de­layed by about three hours the start of the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als base­ball game.

In ad­di­tion, trees con­tin­ued to top­ple in Vir­ginia, Mary­land and the District.

Wind gusts of at least 40 mph were mea­sured in sev­eral spots.

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