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Storms pound Mid-Atlantic

Thunderstorms pounded the Mid-Atlantic states two days in a row.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | June 14, 2003

Thunderstorms pounded the Mid-Atlantic states Friday for the second day in a row, causing damage in Pennsylvania, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

After seven inches of rain fell in Monroe County, Pa., people were pumping water from their homes Saturday, according to Monroe County emergency management. The southern and eastern sections of the county bore the brunt of the storm, said Harry Robidoux, emergency management coordinator for the county.

Officials were closely watching the Twin Lakes Dam in Smithfield Township, Pa., concerned that the dam would burst and send water rushing toward the Milford Manor Nursing Home. Forty residents live in the home.

The storm caused flash flooding and mudslides that covered roads. Several areas were temporarily evacuated.

Meanwhile Pittsburgh continued Saturday to clean up after its first tornado in five years.

The twister, rated F0 on the Fujita scale, touched down Thursday evening during a sudden storm. Most residential property was spared, according to local emergency management situation reports.

The tornado never dropped below the treetops as it moved between Green Tree and Mount Washington, according to the National Weather Service. When a funnel cloud touches anything that touches the ground such as a tree or rooftop it becomes classified as a tornado, even if it never touches the ground itself.

Missing treetops were the biggest evidence of damage.

People living around the Allegheny River in the Route 28 corridor faced some damage from flash flooding.

Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C. and Maryland, residents cleaned up damage from two days of storms. An apartment building in D.C. lost its rooftop. In Maryland wind gusts of up to 70 mph blew down trees and power lines.

More stormy weather was forecast for Saturday in the late afternoon.

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