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Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 06/06/2008

Eyewitness Recounts Apparent Tornado Sighting

[5:00 p.m. update: National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-1 tornado touched down in the location described and photographed by eyewitness Jerry Bahorich below. Maximum winds were estimated at 95 mph, the path length was 1.5 miles long and the twister was 50-100 yards wide. The twister crossed the path of a tornado that touched down in the same area less than a month earlier.]


The National Weather Service has been busy visiting the sites of reported tornadoes from June 4 and surveying damage to assess whether the pattern of damage is consistent with a tornado. So far, it has confirmed tornado reports in Calvert County in Md., and Clarke, Culpeper, and Stafford counties in Va. While the NWS has not yet documented the location of the tornado in southern Stafford County, weather buff Jerry Bahorich tells us he was on the scene.

Keep reading for Bahorich's narrative of his experience. See our excessively hot full forecast into next week, and NatCast for tonight's game at Nationals Park.

Bahoric, who frequents the Eastern US Weather Forums, spotted the tornado by accident near the intersection of I-95 and Rt. 17 and captured it on his cell phone. He then posted the photo to the forum along with a narrative of his experience, excerpted here:

{T]here is nothing like seeing one [a tornado] in person. I was awestruck. Right after this pic the rain came in sheets with winds approximated at 70 MPH. In an F-250 with a loaded tool body bed, the whole truck rocked back and forth as I was parked on the side of 95. Then came the debris and shortly thereafter quarter-sized hail. It was brief but so intense that the rush was incredible. I still get goosebumps thinking about it as I pen this post. There were pieces of trees littering Rt 95 like I have never seen before. I am still beside myself.

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