Released on October 2, 2015 - 5:03pm
Oct 02

Tornado Touches Down In Laurel For Second Time In 14 years

 

 The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF-0 (Level 0) tornado touched down in Laurel on Tuesday, September 29, 2015.

 

  That’s almost exactly 14 years to the day that another twister hit Laurel. 

 

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 2001 event.

 

The tornado that hit Laurel on Tuesday uprooted signs, tore gaping holes in the roof of a building at 300 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 says.  “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.”

 

The City’s Emergency Service Director Martin Flemion has been releasing all kinds of safety information over the last few months to help residents get weather ready.

 

We teamed up with the Federal Emergency Management Agency ( FEMA), the Ready Campaign, and the National Weather Service in April to highlight the importance of preparing for severe weather.

 

 The big concerns for Laurel: flooding and tornadoes.

 

“A second tornado in Laurel is a wakeup call for people living here,” Flemion says. “ You need to be prepared for all kinds of weather disasters.” Flemion says.

 

To help you prepare for a flood, click on the following link.

https://www.ready.gov/floods

 

Information on other hazards is available at www.Ready.gov

or in Spanish at www.listo.gov

 

 

 

 

 

 

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