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Tornadoes in Baltimore City History

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1902 July 20: At least 12 people died, nine by drowning in the harbor, when a tornado ripped through the city. Hundreds of buildings and several major churches were unroofed and huge trees were uprooted and blown around in Druid Hill Park, Patterson Park, and Franklin Square. At a religious revival on Liberty Road, a man was crushed to death by a fallen tree.

1980 June 29: The Baltimore Zoo was hit by an apparent twister, injuring five people, killing two storks and a vulture, and creating a scene of confusion and mayhem as crowds sought cover.

1994 Nov 1: Twin tornadoes ripped through some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods, leaving about 300 people homeless and damaging about 150 buildings, many so badly that they later met the wrecking ball.

2010 Nov 17: Apartment complexes and other structures were heavily damaged by a tornado touching down twice near the county line at Perring Parkway. A state of emergency was declared and a curfew imposed as about 250 people were left without shelter after the twister left 16 buildings unfit for habitation.

2011 May 30: A media tornado blew hard but caused no noticeable damage when former Alaska governor Sarah Palin visited Fort McHenry and hoisted 36-pound cannonballs in the searing heat.

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