29 Apr '11, 11pm

By the way shows what I'm talking about. You can see the path of destruction.

By the way shows what I'm talking about. You can see the path of destruction.

A number of severe thunder storms swept through the mid-Atlantic states on April 28, bringing high winds, hailstones, and heavy rains to many areas. The intense storms spawned at least two tornadoes, one of which was classified as an F4 twister. The powerful tornado touched down in southern Maryland and ripped through the town of La Plata, destroying most of the historic downtown. The twister—the strongest ever recorded to hit the state and perhaps the strongest ever recorded in the eastern U.S.—flattened everything in its path along a 24-mile (39 km) swath running west to east through the state. The tornado’s path can be seen clearly in this band-sharpened color image acquired on May 1 by the Advanced Land Imager (ALI), flying aboard NASA’s EO-1 satellite. La Plata is situated toward the lefthand side of this scene and the twister’s swath is the bright stripe passing thro...

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