Tornado landed near Largo in Prince George’s County during Friday storms

April 22, 2013

A tornado touched down in Prince George’s County on Friday night during the heavy rains that deluged much of the area.

A weak twister, categorized as EF-0, the lowest ranking for such storms, touched down near Largo about 7:30 p.m., the National Weather Service said Monday.

It was the second tornado to touch down in the Washington region during Friday’s storm. The weather service confirmed earlier that the first one occurred in Fredericksburg.

The tornado in Prince George’s touched down in the Marlboro Ridge subdivision, near Ritchie Marlboro Road, the weather service said. It was brief, with peak winds of 85 mph.

In addition to uprooting and snapping the trunks of several trees, the twister damaged three homes. Windows and garage doors were blown out.

At one home, winds roared into a garage through a damaged door and blew out a side wall.

As the tornado moved along a half-mile-long path in fewer than 60 seconds on the ground, it also inflicted damage to siding and shingles to other houses on both sides of Ritchie Marlboro Road, the weather service said.

The Fredericksburg tornado, which occurred about 6:30 p.m., was stronger. It was rated EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, with maximum winds of 90 mph.

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