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Possible mesovortex damages Lorton family’s yard

Damage to Lorie Kappler\'s yard in Lorton, Virginia after Thursday\'s storm. (WTOP/Michelle Murillo)

Michelle Murillo and Lacey Mason,

WASHINGTON — It’s called a mesovortex — a weather phenomenon with a circular pattern that packs a punch but isn’t quite as strong as a tornado. And on Friday morning, it may have hit the region.

Lorie Kappler woke up to the sound of the intense storm in Lorton, Virginia.

“The rain and wind became incredible. All of the sudden the house started shaking. My daughter came in screaming,

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