BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Trees were uprooted in one Columbia neighborhood as a result of high winds Monday.
With rain and strong winds, a weather system left behind a devastating trail all across Maryland. And together, they were a bad combination. The soggy ground could no longer support trees that eventually came tumbling down.
A tree next door fell across the yard, and sliced through Doug Steinel’s neighbor’s house. Another tree was blocking off the entry to a cul-de-sac in the neighborhood. Crews had to come in and get it out of the way because it temporarily blocked the roadway to the homes on the street.
“I went back here and I heard a real crack and this thing came down,” says Steinel.
“I was sitting at the breakfast bar and you just heard a real whoosh, the wind, and I saw this thing come down into that house there,” he says, pointing at the nearby home. “Wow, what a crack,” he says.
The family is in Florida, according to Steinel, but they have been contacted about the damage. A limb pierced the Steinel’s bathroom ceiling, too, he says. But he’s just grateful no one was injured.
“Everyone’s fine. We’ll get our houses fixed. Our bodies aren’t broken, we’re fine.”
Over in Anne Arundel County, crews had to shut down part of Route 648 ater water pooled up in the middle of the road.
In Montgomery county, the system that spanned several states did similar damage. This huge tree couldn’t withstand the force.
It eventually slammed into the roof of a house, but the people inside, made it out alive.
“The wind, it was quite gusty, surprisingly so.”
Now officials are warning those who see downed tree to stay away from it and call 911. There is concern that live power lines could be tangled up in the fallen tree.