The afternoon of May 30 was warm and humid, typical of the lead up to summer. Around 3 p.m., a line of thunderstorms developed in Loudoun County, Virginia, and crossed the Potomac River without much disruption. Their east-west formation and movement was unusual for the area and once into Frederick County, the storms strengthened.
Dawn Gordon, the owner of the Fingerboard County Inn on Fingerboard Road, was preparing to leave for an errand when the winds suddenly picked up and torrential rain began falling. As she raced for her car, a ladder blew over her head and trees on the property began falling. Once she got into the car, the wind actually moved the car sideways in the driveway. Her property suffered moderate damage. The chicken coop was destroyed, and a tree came down on the roof of the house causing damage to the chimney.
From there, the storm moved on to collapse an ancient barn on the Murphy Farm across Fingerboard Road from the inn, and then it crossed the Whiskey Creek Golf Course and eventually on into Howard County. The storm did extensive damage on Prices Distillery Road, bringing down trees and power lines. News stations sent helicopters over the scene and their video showed obvious “twisting” damage to trees, which is a classic signature of a tornado.
The National Weather Service made a survey of the area and confirmed that this was a weak F-0 tornado on the Fugita Scale, which is used to rate the severity of tornados. An F-0 is the weakest level of tornado and indicates winds of 40 to 72 mph. Light damage to chimneys, branches broken off trees, shallow rooted trees blown down, and sign boards damaged are
There were no reported injuries.