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04augAll DayCallaway (St. Marys County, MD)

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Start Time:  6:32 am EDT

End Time:  6:41 am EDT

Rating:  EF1

Estimated Peak Winds:  95 mph

Path length: 5.3 miles

Width:  100 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries:  0

County:  St. Marys

State:  Maryland

Start Lat/Lon:  38.174 / -76.528

End Lat/Lon:  38.245 / -76.562


Staff from NOAA’s National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington DC Weather Forecast Office in Sterling, VA, performed a survey of storm damage that occurred the morning of August 4, 2020, in St. Marys County, Maryland. At 6:32 AM EDT, a tornado rated EF-1 formed soon after the storm moved northwest of Piney Point, MD. Consistent tree damage began along Piney Point Road between Tall Timbers and Valley Lee. An aerial survey was conducted, and a path of snapped and uprooted trees about 75 to 100 yards wide was noted extending to the northwest through the woods and fields of rural St. Mary’s County. Some roads having multiple trees downed along this path included Blake Creek Road, Richey Road, and Medleys Neck Road. Homes were damaged by falling trees, including one along Medleys Neck Road near the intersection with Scarlet Tanager Way. The tornado crossed Route 5/Point Lookout Road near the intersection with Lightfoot Way. Here there was also significant tree damage. Large trees were uprooted damaging a shed and a home. A mobile home/camper was blown over on its side. The tornado then dissipated at 6:41 AM EDT. Peak winds during the track of the tornado were estimated at 95 mph, mainly based on the number of snapped and uprooted trees within the track. The National Weather Service would like to thank St. Mary’s County Dept. of Emergency Services and Emergency Management Division, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, and Maryland State Police for their invaluable assistance with this survey.


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