PINEY POINT, Md. (WJZ) — Three tornadoes touched down in southern Maryland as Tropical Storm Isaias made its way through the region Tuesday.
Two tornadoes touched down in St. Mary’s County, while the other touched down in Calvert County, according to the National Weather Service. Three radar-indicated tornadoes were also reported along the lower Eastern Shore.
Preliminary info from the NWS storm surveys have concluded that 3 separate tornadoes occurred this morning in southern MD; two in St Mary's County, the other in Calvert County. A detailed report will be revised and issued Wednesday. https://t.co/mJ0f9KSzQA https://t.co/kILC9M1cCk
— NWS Baltimore-Washington (@NWS_BaltWash) August 5, 2020
In St. Mary’s County, the first tornado was reported around 6:27 a.m. just two miles southeast of Ridge, Maryland. It was an EF-0.
The second tornado formed around 6:30 a.m. one mile west of Piney Point with a peak wind of 100 miles per hour. That tornado was an EF-1 and lasted a while, until 6:43 a.m.
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“All of a sudden that’s when the strong winds came and the leaves and everything got blowing up against the house,” a resident told WJZ.
The emergency services director in St. Mary’s County said the storm brought severe winds, about nine inches of rain, and tidal surges that continue to cause flooding in low-lying areas.
In Calvert County, a tornado was reported at 7:33 a.m. four miles north of Dares Beach. It was labeled an EF-1 with 90 miles per hour winds.
In some cases, the water got underneath the surface of roadways and caused the foundation to collapse.
At the height of the tropical storm, 13,000 people lost power in Calvert and St. Mary’s counties.
One person died as a result of the storm when a tree fell on a moving car in St. Mary’s County.