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Microburst Displaces Residents In Riverdale, At Least A Dozen Homes Damaged

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Archive Image of a Tornado (credit: HARALD RICHTER/AFP/Getty Images)

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RIVERDALE, Md. (CBSDC) — A microburst in Prince George’s County has displaced many residents in the Riverdale area.

County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor said it may be hundreds of residents who were displaced.

More than a dozen multi-family buildings suffered significant damage in the storm. At least one single family home was also damaged.

Emergency Management personnel are coordinating housing arrangements for the displaced victims.

A microburst differs from a tornado in that it is highly localized. It is defined as a violent short-lived localized downdraft that creates extremely strong wind at low altitudes.

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