"For the first time since the Civil War,Washingtonis in physical danger. We don't have earthquakes likeCaliforniaor hurricanes like theGulfCoastor tornadoes like theMidwest."
--Paul Begala, quoted by Todd S. Purdum in the Sept. 25 New York Times.
"Tornados Batter Area, Kill Two At U-MD"
--Banner headline on Page 1 of the Washington Post, same day.