Tornado Confirmed Near Pasadena

The National Weather Service has confirmed a weak tornado touched down in the Pasadena area of Anne Arundel County Thursday morning.  Rated EF-0 on the Ehanced Fujita scale (EF-0 to EF-5), the storm was about 200 yards wide and traveled about 1 mile.  The full report from the National Weather Service is posted below.

Tom Tasselmyer

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
559 PM EDT FRI OCT 1 2010

...TORNADO CONFIRMED EAST OF PASADENA MARYLAND...

LOCATION...2 MILES EAST OF LAKE SHORE IN ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY MARYLAND
DATE...SEPTEMBER 30 2010
ESTIMATED TIME...9:46 AM TO 9:49 AM
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF-0
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...80 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...200 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...1 MILE
BEGINNING LAT/LON...39.1007N/76.4474W
ENDING LAT/LON...39.1134N/76.4492W
* FATALITIES...NONE
* INJURIES...NONE

* 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 CONDUCTED A STORM SURVEY OF DAMAGE
THAT OCCURRED TO NORTHEAST ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY JUST NORTH OF
GIBSON ISLAND AND EAST OF LAKE SHORE IN THE COMMUNITY OF MILBURN.

AFTER INSPECTING THE DAMAGE ON THE GROUND...SPEAKING WITH SEVERAL
MILBURN RESIDENTS...SIFTING THROUGH NWS AND FAA RADAR DATA...AND
LOOKING THROUGH LOCAL WEATHER OBSERVATIONS...IT WAS DETERMINED
THAT A EF-0 TORNADO WITH MAXIMUM ESTIMATED WINDS OF 80 MPH MOVED
THROUGH THE AREA...AND PASSED WITHIN A HALF MILE OF A SCHOOL
COMPLEX THAT INCLUDES CHESAPEAKE HIGH... CHESAPEAKE BAY MIDDLE...
AND BODKIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS.

AT 9:46 AM ON THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 30TH AN EF-0 TORNADO FORMED OVER
CORNFIELD CREEK AND KNOCKED A SAILBOAT ON ITS SIDE. THE TORNADO
MOVED ACROSS THE CREEK AND INTO THE COMMUNITY OF MILBURN ON THE
SOUTHEAST SIDE OF MILBURN CIRCLE. SEVERAL TREES AND LARGE
BRANCHES WERE SNAPPED DOWN AND UPROOTED...MAINLY FROM SOUTHEAST TO
NORTHWEST. THERE WERE A FEW SMALLER BRANCHES THAT INDICATED A MUCH
WEAKER WIND IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION. A BOAT HOUSE SUSTAINED SOME
SHINGLE DAMAGE ON ITS LEADING EDGE. A PIECE OF POOL FURNITURE
IMPACTED A DECORATIVE STONE WALL AND TOPPLED IT.

THE TORNADO MAXIMIZED ITS STRENGTH WITH WINDS ESTIMATED TO BE 80
MPH AS IT WENT ACROSS THE CIRCLE AND OVER HOUSES 49 THROUGH 55 ON
MILBURN CIRCLE. IN THAT AREA ABOUT TEN LARGE TREES WERE UPROOTED
OR SNAPPED OFF...SEVERAL OF THEM MAPLE TREES. A TREE FELL ON A
TRUCK. ANOTHER TREE CRUSHED A WORK SHED AND FELL INTO A POOL. A
FEW HOMES SUSTAINED MINOR SIDING AND SHINGLE DAMAGE. POWER WAS
KNOCKED OUT TO THE COMMUNITY. NEARLY ALL OF THE DAMAGE IN THIS
AREA WAS FROM SOUTHEAST TO NORTHWEST.

THE TORNADO LIFTED AND WEAKENED AS IT WENT INTO THE WOODS ON THE
NORTH SIDE OF THE COMMUNITY BEHIND THE MILBURN CIRCLE AREA.
HOWEVER IT CONTINUED TO TOUCHDOWN OCCASIONALLY AS IT PROCEEDED
ALMOST DUE NORTH. AFTER CROSSING A LARGE FIELD BEHIND THE
FOREST...THE TORNADO SNAPPED DOWN 4 TREES ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF
MOUNTAIN ROAD AND SNAPPED A LARGE BRANCH OFF A TREE ON THE NORTH
SIDE. THE TORNADO LIFTED FOR THE FINAL TIME AFTER SNAPPING SEVERAL
LARGE BRANCHES OFF A TREE AT 8321 DOCK ROAD AT 9:49 AM.

MOST RESIDENTS SPOKEN WITH NOTED THEY HAD HEARD ABOUT THE TORNADO
WARNING THROUGH LOCAL MEDIA OR THROUGH NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS WHO
RELAYED THE WARNING. RESIDENT REPORTS INDICATED THE WINDS CAME UP
QUICKLY DURING A LESSENING OF THE RAINFALL. FIRST FROM SOUTHEAST
TO NORTHWEST... THEN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION. ANOTHER SAW WHAT
LOOKED LIKE A WATERSPOUT COMING OFF THE CREEK INTO THE COMMUNITY.
THE COMMUNITY WAS FORTUNATE IN THAT OTHER THAN THE TRUCK AND THE
SHED...ALL OF THE LARGE TREES FELL TO THE GROUND AND NOT ON THE
HOMES THEY SURROUNDED.

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