Reporting Derek Valcourt
HARFORD COUNTY, Md. (WJZ)—Sunday’s powerful storms prompted a tornado warning, and right now many people are cleaning up the mess.
Derek Valcourt has a look at the damage.
A strong line of dark storm clouds rolled over parts of Maryland early Sunday evening, bringing gusting winds, hail and unconfirmed reports of funnel clouds.
Harford County was hit especially hard. Strong winds toppled power lines, knocking out electricity to hundreds and causing a flood of calls for emergency workers to help manage the downed live wires until BGE crews could fix them.
In Abingdon, a 13,000 volt power line fell across some CSX railroad tracks. A train ran over it before the railroad line could be shutdown. Luckily, no one was injured.
Emergency crews say damage was spread out across the county, with numerous complaints of downed trees in the Darlington and Whiteford areas of northern Harford County.
At least two cars were crushed by falling trees–and there were lots of them. Just ask Jim Fielder to show you around his yard.
“The damage is substantial. It’s a lot of devastation to very old large trees,” Fielder said.
His 250-year-old historic home was spared, but the massive trees around it toppled like dominoes.
More than 30 feet above the ground, the tops of several trees are missing.
“When they are twisted off that far above ground and you don’t know where the tops are, so there’s enough wind either a downburst or a small twist or tornado or something to do this damage,” Fielder said.
Harford County fire crews say there was no significant damage to any homes, despite the massive trees the storms tore down.
“We were thinking our yard looked so pretty, yesterday! We’ll start again tomorrow,” Fielder said.
In the 11 p.m. hour, BGE reported some 3,000 homes in central Maryland were still without power. Most of them were in Anne Arundel County, Harford County, Baltimore County and Baltimore City.