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National Weather Service confirms Sept. 29 tornado in Laurel

LAUREL — €”The National Weather Service says a tornado touched down in Laurel early last week and caused scattered damage along a four-mile path to Scaggsville.

The weather service confirms that the tornado with estimated wind speeds of 75 mph touched down in Laurel in Prince George’s County during a storm on Sept. 29 and traveled along a narrow path to the Scaggsville area in Howard County. It was on the ground for about 11 minutes.

The weather service rated the tornado’s strength as EF-0, the lowest on a scale that runs to EF-5.

Authorities in Laurel say about a dozen buildings in the city’s historic district were damaged in the storm, including the roof of a historic theater. The storm also pulled up signs, blew out windows and knocked down trees.