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Quantico Tornado Confirmed By National Weather Service; Damage In Triangle, Va. As Well

6:28 AM, Oct 14, 2011   |    comments
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TRIANGLE, Va. (WUSA) -- A 9NEWS NOW viewer sent us a picture of what he says is damage from strong winds in Triangle, Va. Thursday night.

The National Weather Service Confirms a tornado touched down Thursday evening on Meyers Drive in the Garrison Woods neighborhood off of Route 1 near Quantico.

Much of the 9NEWS NOW viewing area (DC Metro area) was under a tornado warning or watch Thursday night. A suspected tornado tore the roof off a historic house in Louisa County on Thursday afternoon, says the National Weather Service.

We also heard unconfirmed reports of a possible tornado touchdown in the area of I-95 and Route 234 in the Dumfries area, but a Prince William County Police spokesperson said he hadn't heard anything about a tornado touchdown.

Thursday night around 6:30 p.m., an emergency alert from the University of Maryland in College Park said a tornado was "forecast to strike the campus within the next 13 minutes. Seek shelter immediately." Around 7:15 p.m. an "all clear" was issued. We talked to Capt. Mark Lemansky with UMD's public safety department. He said they put out the alerts based on some Accuweather warnings showing a front coming close to the western edge of campus that showed a strong possibility of rotation, but nothing happened there.

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