Six tor­na­does rip through states in Mid-At­lantic

The News & Observer (Sunday) - - News - BY BRIAN K. SUL­LI­VAN

Six tor­na­does tore through the Mid-At­lantic states on Fri­day, top­pling trees, dam­ag­ing homes and wreck­ing barns, and set­ting a new Fe­bru­ary record for the de­struc­tive storms in Mary­land.

Un­usu­ally warm and hu­mid air push­ing up from the Gulf of Mex­ico, ex­treme winds in the jet stream, and a strength­en­ing storm pass­ing through the re­gion pro­vided the in­gre­di­ents for the his­toric out­break, Dan Hof­mann, a Na­tional Weather Ser­vice me­te­o­rol­o­gist in Ster­ling, Va., wrote in a re­port.

“In just two hours, five of the con­firmed tor­na­does struck the state of Mary­land, un­prece­dented for the month of Fe­bru­ary,” Hof­mann wrote. “Prior to this out­break, only four tor­na­does had been re­ported in the state of Mary­land in the month of Fe­bru­ary since 1950.”

The state’s pre­vi­ous Fe­bru­ary tor­na­does were all in­di­vid­ual strikes hit­ting in dif­fer­ent years, with three of them oc­cur­ring since 2014. The fourth hit in 1966. There was only one re­ported in­jury from those in­ci­dents, when straight-line winds tore the roof off a small busi­ness in south­ern Mary­land.

High winds on Fri­day carved a path of de­struc­tion across seven states from Alabama to New Jersey, the U.S. Storm Pre­dic­tion Cen­ter said. Wide­spread power out­ages were also re­ported.

JERRY JACK­SON AP

Sev­eral trees fell on a home and prop­erty on Over­brook Drive in New Wind­sor, Md., on Fri­day af­ter a win­ter storm. Six tor­na­does tore through the Mid-At­lantic states on Fri­day, five of them in Mary­land.

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