Maryland Department of Natural Resources
J. Charles Fox
Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend Lt. Governor
Forest Service Carter Building Box 653 Leonardtown, MD 20650 301-475-4755
Secretary Karen White Deputy Secretary
TO: Steve Koehn, State Forester
FROM: David Gailey, Southern Regional Forester
DATE: May 23, 2002
SUBJECT: Tornado Damage Assessment Report, Sou
This report includes a woodland/urban interfac forest resources of Southern Maryland from a c tornado that hit Charles and Calvert Counties There were five fatalities from the storm. Thi urban interface damage, rural woodland damage potential.
e damage assessment to the ategory four (4) strength on April 28, 2002 at 7:10 PM. s report will address the assessment and fire hazard
Forest Resource Assessment
The tornado touched down on land in the vicini Western Charles County off of the Potomac Rive destroyed at the park. The funnel then lifted area, north of Bicknell Road and began moving towards La Plata and eventually crossed the Pa Calvert County. The tornado path traveled appr miles across Charles with an average width of
encompassing 3206 approximately nine feet, encompassing approximately 4012
acres. In Calvert County th and one half miles (9.5) wi 806 acres. Total area engul acres.
ty of Smallwood State Park in r. Two structures were and landed in the Ripley in a easterly direction tuxent River at Benedict into oximately twenty four (24) one thousand feet, e tornado traveled th an average width of 700 fed by the tornado is
Below is a summary
of land use categories dama
figures are for Charles County only and are es map interpretation.
ged by the tornado. These timates from field visits and
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