Reporting Derek Valcourt
WOODBINE, Md. (WJZ) — Two tornadoes may have touched down in Maryland as part of the severe weather that hit our region Monday.
Derek Valcourt reports officials in Howard County are pretty sure a tornado did touch down in Woodbine.
The Davisons’ family yard in Woodbine looks more like a debris field. Their family garage on Starting Gate Court has been destroyed, their shed scattered everywhere.
Bill Davison and his parents were just finishing up dinner when the storm hit suddenly.
“Power cut off five seconds later; just hear a loud wind and it looks like there’s cardboard flying around. I was like, `Dad, come look at this.’ He goes out to the garage and calls me and says, `The garage is gone,’” Davison said.
Dennis Davison and his wife are counting their blessings their home, just feet away, wasn’t damaged at all.
“It came across the backyard right here, direct hit on our garage, and went down the street and took off and that’s the only damage it did in the entire neighborhood,” said Dennis Davison. “[I saw] what I thought was [a funnel], yeah. It just came right down black, swirling, picking up material, so to me, it looked like the closest thing I’ve ever seen to a tornado.”
Some of their belongings are just gone.
“This car was in the garage, it’s moved seven or eight feet,” Dennis Davison said.
Some they are finding piece by piece.
“My tires in the shed landed half a mile down the street. It’s something you only see in movies,” Bill Davison said. “I can’t believe it; I’m still in shock.”
While the storms are long gone, the warnings from emergency officials are not.
“Just be very careful in this area. We have a lot of downed trees, a lot of downed wires, a lot of standing water, so we are encouraging people not to drive through it and really just exercising caution over the next few hours,” said Jacqueline Cotei, Howard County Fire and Rescue.
State officials say that there was also a tornado near Sykesville; however, the National Weather Service needs to confirm before it’s official.
No injuries were reported in this case, either. It’s not known how much damage that potential tornado caused.
Officials with the National Weather Service say they will survey the damage Tuesday and say whether or not there were two tornadoes in Maryland.