There were 3 meteorologist from the Wakefield office at the class. I did get a chance to talk to them about the post Tornado review in Suffolk. Under the old Fujita scale, it was definitely an EF4 tornado. However, under the enhanced fujita scale they categorized the tornado as a strong EF3. The only mitigating factor from making the Tornado an EF4 was the fact that absolutely none of the houses that were wiped off their foundation had any tie downs or rebarb connecting the frame to the cement slab. I found this to be shocking. These people have probably paid over 300K for brand new construction that is basically 2x4's laying on top of cement with no anchor into the slab they lay upon. Pretty amazing. I sure am glad I live in a full brick 1935 house made of heavy white oak beams. They don't make them like the used to!
On a side note, I am on the road for work tomorrow and we are close to the slight risk box. I hope to be on the road heading south from DC by the time the storms initiate. I'll have my camera and EVDO card with me. There is also a chance of some storms tonight after dark. I would love to get my first lightning photography in for the year this evening.