FALLSTON, Md. (WJZ) — Baltimore County Officials say a microburst hit the Perry Hall area Wednesday causing large trees to snap.

Many who live in the area thought it was a tornado. The assistant fire chief said the intense storm had winds of 80 to 90 miles an hour.

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A tree tore through the roof of one home. Homeowner Anita Stone told WJZ she was downstairs and the storm startled her, but she was relieved her family was safe.

Throughout the day Thursday, you could hear chainsaws buzzing in Nottingham.

Jeffrey Smith showed WJZ Investigator Mike Hellgren the damage to his deck. He was eating dinner about a mile away when the microburst moved through.

“It was a total whiteout,” he said. “You couldn’t see a thing.”

His neighbor Rocco Malinowski heard something hit his house and said the rain was coming down in sheets with zero visibility.


In Harford County, the National Weather Service surveyed damage for a possible tornado in Fallston.

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Officials said winds of up to 90 miles per hour were reported.

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Chopper 13 showed several treetops sheared off and many large trees down.


When storms moved through again Thursday afternoon, a person was injured in Reisterstown after a tree fell on a vehicle.

As of 6 p.m., more than six thousand people were without power.


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