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Monday, April 22, 2013

NWS Confirms Tornado on Friday Night in Largo/Upper Marlboro Areas


The National Weather Service - Baltimore/Washington confirmed an EF-0 Tornado in Prince George's County on Friday evening. Remember the split screen "Breaking News" stories on Friday, April 19?? DC area TV stations were airings simultaneous breaking news stories with split screens providing Weather updates with tornados warning on one side and news coming out of Boston on the man hunt for the second suspect in the marathon bombings.

The Fire/EMS Department used social media feeds to warn of the impending storms and later reported that some communities reported minor damage to homes and trees. This afternoon the NWS posted this statement.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
452 PM EDT MON APR 22 2013

...TORNADO CONFIRMED NEAR LARGO IN PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY MARYLAND...
LOCATION...3 SSE OF LARGO IN PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY MARYLAND

DATE...APRIL 19 2013
ESTIMATED TIME...7:26 PM EDT
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF-0
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...85 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...75 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...0.5 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON...38.837N / 76.813W
ENDING LAT/LON...38.843N / 76.807W

* FATALITIES...0
* INJURIES...0
* 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 IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC HAS
CONFIRMED A TORNADO NEAR LARGO IN PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY MARYLAND
ON APRIL 19 2013.

AT 7:26 PM A BRIEF EF-0 TORNADO WITH PEAK WINDS OF 85 MPH TOUCHED
DOWN IN PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY IN THE MARLBORO RIDGE SUBDIVISION
OFF RITCHIE MARLBORO ROAD. THE TORNADO UPROOTED AND SNAPPED
SEVERAL TREES. IT ALSO DAMAGED THREE HOMES...BLOWING OUT WINDOWS
AND GARAGE DOORS. ONE HOME HAD A SIDE WALL OF THE GARAGE BLOWN OUT
WHEN WIND ENTERED THE GARAGE THROUGH THE DAMAGED DOOR. SEVERAL
OTHER HOMES ON BOTH SIDES OF RITCHIE MARLBORO ROAD HAD MINOR
SIDING AND SHINGLE DAMAGE. THE TORNADO TRAVELLED A HALF MILE
BEFORE LIFTING AND LASTED LESS THAN A MINUTE.

THANKS TO PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT FOR THEIR
ASSISTANCE.

THIS INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE AT
WEATHER.GOV/WASHINGTON.

FOR REFERENCE...THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES
INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

EF0...WIND SPEEDS 65 TO 85 MPH.
EF1...WIND SPEEDS 86 TO 110 MPH.
EF2...WIND SPEEDS 111 TO 135 MPH.
EF3...WIND SPEEDS 136 TO 165 MPH.
EF4...WIND SPEEDS 166 TO 200 MPH.
EF5...WIND SPEEDS GREATER THAN 200 MPH.

Challenging Rescue on Medical Call at UMD Campus

Firefighters, paramedics and the Department's technical rescue team performed a challenging rescue of a patient that experienced a medical emergency on the top floor of a building under construction on the campus of the University of Maryland in College Park.

Just after 2:00 pm, Monday, April 22, Fire/EMS units were alerted to the incident on Prienkert Drive to a 4-story building under construction with an unconscious worker on the top level.  Firefighters saw the challenges associated with accessing, treating and removing the patient from the construction site and requested additional equipment to include a ladder truck from College Park Fire/EMS Station as well the technical rescue team from Berwyn Heights and St. Josephs stations.

Crews made their way to the patient and determined that he was not breathing and had no pulse.  CPR was initiated as other crew members devised a plan to remove the patient from the 4th level in a safe and expeditious manner as possible.

The patient, a 50ish year old male, was loaded into a stokes basket and lowered to the ground down the extended ladder from the College Park truck.  The rescue effort was completed within about 30 minutes after crews made initial patient contact.  CPR continued and the patient was transported by paramedics to a nearby hospital.





Media Contact: Mark E. Brady, Public Information Officer, 240-508-7930

Photos by, Asst. Fire Chief TJ James, PGFD