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Tornado confirmed in Laurel

Posted: 5:20 PM, Oct 02, 2015
Updated: 2015-10-02 17:20:53-04

A tornado touched down in Laurel Tuesday, the first in about 14 years to the day.

The National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed the tornado Friday as an EF-O (Level 0) twister.

Officials in Laurel say Tuesday's tornado uprooted signs, tore holes in the roof of a building on Main Street and tossed trees on cars on Second Street.

No injuries were reported.

Mayor Craig A. Moe says it’s a graphic reminder for residents to pay attention to the weather warnings and get prepared.

“ Laurel has had its sharing of flooding over the years, and now a second tornado,” Mayor Moe said.  “If you don’t have an emergency kit together at your house and a plan for your family in an emergency, now is the time to pull all of that together.”

On September 24, 2001, the 900 block of Montgomery Street suffered tremendous damage from a tornado.

Two sisters, visiting their father on the University of Maryland College Park campus died when the vehicle was overturned and tossed around there during the storm.

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