At the height of the War of 1812, the British invade Washington DC, setting fire to everything as they stormed into the capital. President James Madison is forced to flee to Brookville, Maryland, while the British occupied the underdefended city.
Shortly after the enemy invasion, heavy thunderstorms, as well as a tornado, tearing through DC, putting out many of the fires and damaging the British ships. The British are forced to flee the city giving way for Madison’s return on September 1. The U.S. government recuperates and is able to send forces to push the enemy back toward Canada, ultimately winning the war.