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Tornado warning issued

area spared major damage

April 25, 2010

A tornado warning was issued for south-central Washington County, west-central Frederick County, Md., northern Jefferson County and southern Berkeley County on Sunday evening, according to a National Weather Service spokeswoman.

The warning was issued after weather officials noticed a "signature" on a radar that indicated a tornado could form, said Trina Heiser, a technician for the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va.

The warning area covered Shepherdstown, W.Va., and Martinsburg, W.Va., Heiser said.

Dispatchers with Eastern Panhandle 911 centers said they did not receive any reports of significant storm damage, such as wires or trees on roadways. Firefighters from Shepherdstown and Martinsburg also said they did not receive storm-related calls.

In Franklin County, Pa., crews responded to Cold Springs Road in Washington Township, Pa., for a fallen tree, a 911 dispatcher said. That tree partly knocked the guardrails off a bridge.

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The 911 center in Fulton County, Pa., did not receive reports of storm-related incidents.

Heiser advised people to take cover during the warning period.

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