How A Tornado Saved Washington

Posted by on Friday, September 2, 2016

In 1814 during the war of 1812, the United States was in trouble. British Troops defended Canada and on August 19, 1814, a British force of roughly 5,000 men marched towards Washington.

They were met with 7,000 American troops led by Brigadier General William Winder. However, the American troops were no match for the British Troops.

The British made it to Washington on August 24. Once in Washington, the British burned the White House.

By the next day, August 25, as fires still raged. Then a massive storm hit Washington. The drenching rain put out most of the fires in the city.

The storm tore buildings apart, lifting them off their foundations. The winds uprooted trees and knocked men to the ground. A number of houses collapsed, killing the British soldiers taking shelter. 

Weather historians generally agree that the storm that struck Washington on August 25, 1814, sparked one or more tornadoes.

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