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Thursday's storm included a tornado

August 28, 1999

BOONSBORO - A severe storm that blew through southern Washington County on Thursday did, indeed, include a small tornado, the National Weather Service said Saturday.

Such short-lived downbursts are nicknamed "gustnadoes" because they form on the leading edge of a storm, said Meteorologist Steve Zubrick.

Meteorologist Barbara Watson surveyed damage in the area of King Road, off Md. 67, on Saturday, he said.

While most of the damage was due to the severe storm, there was evidence of a weak tornado because several the trees had fallen in the opposite direction, Zubrick said.

Watson also found evidence of a tornado in the area of Netz Road, he said.

The tornado would be rated on the F0 or F1 on the Saffir-Simpson scale. An F0 carries winds of 40 to 72 mph and an F1 has winds of 73 to 112 mph.

The storm peeled back a metal roof, ripped the roof off a dairy barn and downed numerous trees south of Boonsboro about 3:15 p.m. Thursday.

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