La Plata Marks 10th Anniversary of Tornado

2002 tornado destroyed homes, businesses and schools

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    Debbie Jacques steps over debris in her bedroom while looking for personal belongings, April 29, 2002 in La Plata, Md.

    Saturday marks 10 years since an F4 tornado cut through a large swath of La Plata, Md. The tornado destroyed homes, businesses and schools on April 28, 2002.

    On Friday night, the Archbishop Neale Catholic school will see the community come together to mark the anniversary. The school was destroyed in the tornado and was rebuilt in 2004.

    A mass of thanksgiving will be held tomorrow at the Sacred Heart Church in La Plata at 5 p.m. A ceremony will also be held at La Plata's Town Hall beginning at 7 p.m. La Plata Mayor Roy Hale and Charles County Commissioner Candice Quinn Kelly are expected to speak at that event.

    In nearby Waldorf, a moment of recognition will take place at 7 p.m. during the Atlantic League Baseball game between the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs and the Lancaster Barnstormers. Charles County Commissioner Reuben B. Collins will deliver remarks at that event

    F4 is the second-highest level of intensity a tornado can reach, according to the Fujita scale that has been in use since 1973.