Reporting Meghan McCorkell
BALTIMORE (WJZ)–The National Weather Service has now confirmed three tornadoes touched down in Maryland: in Baltimore City and in Baltimore and St. Mary’s counties.
Meghan McCorkell has more on the damage left behind.
All three of those tornadoes were rated EF-0. That is the weakest on the scale, which is a relief to a lot of people who were in the storm’s path.
At 3:28 p.m. Monday, the spiraling clouds moved across the Fork area in Baltimore County. Ray Powell took the video from his home, less than 1,000 feet away. He says he had no doubt about what he was looking at.
“That’s the first thing that caught my eye was that swirling and I knew exactly what it was,” Powell said.
The power of the storm was enough to uproot a massive tree along Harford Road.
The National Weather Services now confirms that tornado in Fork.
At 3:44 p.m., there was another sighting, this one in Locust Point. From I-95, you could see the twister moving toward the highway. It started as a waterspout and slammed into the Port of Baltimore.
“We actually heard a loud bang, and it looked like a roof came off or something,” said Chrissy Shifkovitz.
That roof was from a port warehouse; it peeled off and was tossed on the ground.
Hours later, at 9 p.m. in St. Mary’s County, a third twister was confirmed in Colton’s Point. Volunteer firefighters rushed to respond to downed trees and power lines.
In the light of day, you can see a trampoline stuck high in the treetops.
A tree did major damage to a home in Howard County. From Sky Eye Chopper 13, you could see straight into the second floor.
Rising water was also a big enemy in the county. A bridge is now gone, trapping residents who live on the other side.
“I have never seen this much water, and I’ll tell you, we’ve been here 26 years,” said resident Mary Stevens.
High water was also a problem in Canton, where at least one car became submerged on Boston Street.