Tornado near College Park, MD, 24 Sep 2001

Tornado East of the Appalachians

The significant tornado hazard does exist in the relatively densely populated east coast corridor, as illustrated by this destructive event in College Park MD, on 24 September 2001. [This tornado killed two people, injured over 50 others, and caused nearly $75 million in damage.] Storm spotting gets harder in the eastern U.S. because of heavy rain, haze, trees, low clouds, buildings and other impediments to visibility. Here, the observer was above the tall trees, and close enough to the tornado to have a clean view of some classical supercell structures which often aren't visible east of the Great Plains.