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    Posted June 1, 2008 by
    Riva, Maryland
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    Tree Falls On House During Thunderstorm



    A tree, uprooted during a severe afternoon thunderstorm, fell on to house on Hillcrest Road in Riva, MD. The fall caused severe damage to the home's roof and pulled down some cable and utility lines.Several large branches also came down in the back yard and damaged a fence. High winds, some exeeding 60 mph, were reported at time of the incident.



    The owner was not home at the time and there were no injuries. A crew was on the scene Sunday morning to extract the tree from the roof. The storm also brought down another tree in same neighborhood, destroying a wooden fence.



    A tornado warning was in effect at the time of the storm, but no tornado was reported in Riva. However, a fire department crew in neighboring Prince Georges County reported a tornado in the Clinton-Brandywine area at around 2:15 PM. It is not clear if the tornado touched the ground, but there were reports of debris in the funnels circulation, indicating a "strong storm system", according to Mark Brady, a fire department spokesman. There were reports of downed trees, but no damage to buildings or injuries were reported in that area.



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