FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — The damage may be done but the cleanup of several tornadoes that struck western Maryland isn’t.
As Gigi Barnett reports, some homeowners and businesses are scrambling for cover as another storm may be on the way.
For workers at Linganore Winery in Frederick County, time is running out. Every piece of equipment and all hands are working to piece the roof back on this barn. The National Weather Service confirmed it: the winery was in the direct line of fire of at least three tornadoes that tore through Carroll and Frederick counties last weekend.
What’s left is the kind of property damage that takes seconds to create and weeks to repair.
Winery owner Anthony Aellen wants to do it in days, but the weather may cripple the construction.
“I can do this little bit of rain thing, but I don’t want this place totally flooded,” he said.
The winery’s processing room is just one part of the barn that needs to be covered. The goal is to get this room covered in a matter of hours, long before a bigger storm rolls through.
Otherwise, Aellen says, the plan is to “go out and buy more tarps.”
But he says his damage is a lot better than it looks.
“I’ve lost a roof, I’ve lost some structures. I still have my house I can live in. There’s a bunch of people in other states that don’t,” Aellen said.
The National Weather Service says the EF-1 tornado was on the ground for about two minutes with winds that topped 80 miles an hour.