National Weather Service Probes Possible Md. Tornadoes

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — This storm will go down in the record books.  It’s left families devastated and a long trail of destruction across the East Coast.

Andrea Fujii has a look at the damage here in Maryland.

The heavy rain that pounded Maryland and caused serious flooding in some parts was quickly joined by another force.

“It sounded like a freight train coming through the yard,” said Westminster homeowner Donald Livingston.

“Within five, 10 minutes of it raining hard, it got real windy.  The sky just turned real gray,” said Union Mills homeowner Steven Renkin.

The winds were so fierce, several massive trees toppled over.  In one case, a Manchester family lost their home.  The branches pierced through the roof, snapping it in half.

Meteorologists from the National Weather Service were on scene Sunday to determine if tornadoes whipped through.

“It’s much like a big CSI or NTSB investigation.  You take everything you can from the ground, any eyewitness reports, information from the radar back at the forecast office, and you put all that together,” said Chris Strong, National Weather Service.

To get a sense of how strong the storm was, one tree was 10 feet wide and its entire root system was ripped above ground.  It landed on a house.

“We were scared.  We’ve never been in anything like this before,” said Westminster homeowner Leslie Phillips.

Phillips is surprised her own house was untouched.  She says 25 trees on her property, including one that landed on the barn, were uprooted.

“We went to the basement.  There was hail.  Everything upstairs was blowing around and crashing,” Phillips said.

Power lines also crashed, leaving 36,000 BGE customers without service at one point.  Some say it’s the worst storm they’ve seen since Hurricane Isabel.

No injuries or fatalities were reported in this storm.  Weather officials say they’ll know if it was a tornado in the next few days.

  • Josepn Moran

    If it wasn’t a tornado in Union Mills, it missed a hell of a chance.

  • TrueAmerican

    Defund weather modification or there will be never ending death and destruction from the govt and ruling class experimenting in the field of weather ownership!

  • Malynda Young Beacham

    It honestly looks like a tornado came through here ( Union Mills ) Transformers blowing and throwing orange balls of light into the sky at the Union Mills homestead that is very important to all of us that live here. There are still roads closed down due to many rooted trees and trees that snapped in half. We were very lucky ourselves but many properties around use not so lucky. And others of our family that live a normal 5 minute ride took 35 to find the root to help them. The family farm has been devasted. Doors blown off barns , close neighbors barns that look like a missle has gone through it. So it wasn’t a tornado Mother Nature sure was unhappy with this area and made many changes.

  • Anthony Kritsings

    I would like to say as a resident of this community, the state is lacking in emergency backup telephone and cell tower capability up here. its a good thing I didn’t need to call 911. We lost cell signals the day after this storm which means the tower system must be on battery back up after 12 hours. Internet through Verizon was the second to go down around 10:30am Sunday morning whcih was my back up means for VOIP communications. This was DSL (land line). Carroll county, the state of Maryland and FCC need to revist EMS availibities other than simply battery source as a only means of back up here in Union Mills and Sliver Run area. If someone would to have a heart attack they would have been in big trouble yesterday!!!!

  • Sally

    Whatever happened to proofreading? Almost every online article I have read on WJZ lately has had serious flaws.

    • Smooth Move

      Thats what I’m talking about! Even the title of the article (should say “Tornadoes”) has a spelling error.

  • Flea

    I was driving on Old Hanover Road right before you reach the Homestead when it hit! Trees down on either side of me, rain & wind so hard I could barely see anything, have never been so scared in my life!!! I drive a small honda fit & was able to duck under one of the trees & get around the next with out falling down the bank to finally make it home!!!! Then could see the glow from the Homestead fire & fire trucks from out back yard!

  • jacj

    I was watching TV with my daughter. The lights flickered. With the second flicker, the electricity did not come back on. The wind changed, it was very different. very strong. I said to my daughter that we should go into the basement, but she no, it was nothing. The next day I found out the Tornado hit just at 1/4 mile from where our house is located on top a hill. I love and resepect my daughter, if there is a next time, I am dragging her to the basement. Thank God that no one was hurt.

  • redeemed

    What we are seeing in the weather are more than just mre “drastic phenomenons” but rather sacred fulfillments of prophecies marking the “last days”

    These severe weather conditions will increase leading to the final climax and War of God Almighty.

    In short” (Armageddon)
    “Jehovah’s Day”

    For he says…

    “And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: blood, and fire, and (pillars of smoke).”

    “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of Jehovah cometh.”

    ” And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of Jehovah shall be delivered;

    “there shall be those that escape, as Jehovah hath said, and among the remnant those whom Jehovah doth call”.

    Joel 2:30-33

    In reply to Sally

    Whatever happened to proofreading? Almost every online article I have read on WJZ lately has had serious flaws.

    By Sally on April 18, 2011 at 8:45 am

    “Proof read” is 2 words not 1 my dear. :-) nobody’s perfect.

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