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04augAll DayPlum Point (Calvert County, MD)

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Start Time:  7:33 am EDT

End Time:  7:37 am EDT

Rating:  EF1

Estimated Peak Winds:  90 mph

Path length:  1.7 miles

Width:  100 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries:  0

County:  Calvert

State:  Maryland

Start Lat/Lon:  38.615 / -76.512

End Lat/Lon:  38.627 / -76.542


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 Calvert County, Maryland. At 7:33 AM EDT, an EF-1 tornado came onshore at Plum Point near Beach Drive – approximately 5 miles east of Huntingtown, MD. The tornado moved west along Shore Drive, uprooting numerous trees and snapping and twisting others. A large tree halfway along Shore Drive fell on a house, causing structural damage. The tornado proceeded to move to the end of Shore Drive and shifted southwest along Ridge Road causing trees to snap about 20 feet up and fall in multiple directions. Some trees that were snapped were a foot and a half in diameter. The tornado then moved across Plum Point Creek and the grassy wetlands toward Tobacco Road. A swath of trees had their tops broken off east of Tobacco Road and fell mainly in a south to west direction. The tornado then proceeded up Tobacco Road near Tobacco Lane, and moved northward towards Breezy Point Road. Peak winds in the tornado were estimated to have reached 90 mph here. Over 30 trees were uprooted, and some were broken in half. A house had a tree fall on it along the Tobacco Road area, and windows were blown in on another house. Tobacco Road had over 10 trees fall westward over the road along with multiple power poles. A 75 to 100 yard path of tree damage was observed east of Tobacco Road with trees falling in multiple directions. The area of Tobacco Road from Pinewood Terrace to Tobacco Lane became impassable due to the tree and power line damage, and the Breezy Point area became cut off from the main road. The tornado moved west after passing Breezy Point Road and caused numerous trees to fall along Route 261/Bayside Road near Bristol Drive. A large tree near the intersection of Route 261 and Bristol Drive fell on a house. The tree damage path was observed up to 50 to 75 feet down the north end of Bristol Drive. The tornado weakened after passing the intersection of Bristol Drive and Route 261 and ended at 7:37 AM EDT. The National Weather Service would like to thank Calvert County’s Department of Public Safety and Office of Emergency Management for assisting with our damage survey.


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