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Tornado in College Park

By: Gia Wohlfort

April 21, 2017 11:37 a.m.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. An F3 grade tornado touched down on Route 1 at 8:30 a.m. on
Friday and there is potentially another storm overpassing College Park, which has the
possibility to form into another tornado.

Governor Hogan has declared a state of emergency on the city. The National
Guard and police departments from surrounding counties are on their way.

Four people have been declared dead. The hospital has not released any
information on the casualties has yet been released.

There is no word on if there are any other injuries. First responders are still going
through the rubble.

According to weather services, College Park is currently in tornado watch, but

this status could change.

Four firefighters are currently trapped in Mowatt Lane Garage. First responders
are working hard to getting them out, according to Mayor Briana Provost.

We are working very hard to get them out, said Provost.

All citizens of the College Park community can take shelter at STAMP Student
Union. There are volunteers from the Red Cross attending to those in need. The building
is currently acting as a shelter and is running on the use of generators.

The 911 Call Center is running on generators. The mayor has instructed that if
your calls are not going through, continue to call and to be as patient as possible. First
responders are doing their best to answer calls as quickly as possible.

South Campus Commons, Ritchie Coliseum and other businesses along Route 1
have received the most damage.

Stay in place if you are comfortable. If you are feeling unsure, go to STAMP. Go
to basements, avoid windows, instructed the mayor.

Roads are still impassable and Governor Hogan is urging people to stay in place
and not attempt to drive.

We are just taking this at comes and I will be update you on whatever I hear. The
goal is to clear the rebble and get to the people in need. We encourage everyone to use
safety precautions, said Provost.
If you have any questions, Provost has said to call the police department.