BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Six tornadoes have been confirmed in Maryland by the National Weather Service in the wake of Tropical Storm Isaias.
Two more tornadoes were reported by the National Weather Service on Thursday.
Those tornadoes were in St. Mary’s County and Wicomico County.
Two National Weather Service teams surveyed the damage on Maryland’s Eastern Shore Thursday. They worked to determine the path and strength of multiple suspected tornadoes there.
The Mardela Springs twister was 100 yards wide with a path 1.3 miles long. Wind speeds reached 120 to 125 miles an hour. “Bark was stripped off of trees,” the weather service wrote in its report.
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“One team surveyed Mardela Springs and the Green Hill Country Club area. The other went further to the east—closer to Ocean City,” said Mike Dutter with the National Weather Service in Wakefield.
Dutter said the lower Eastern Shore was particularly vulnerable to tornadoes from Tropical Storm Isaias.
“We had an idea even as of Monday that there was a threat of tornadoes extending from North Carolina clear up into the Delmarva. Usually the eastern quadrant of a tropical storm is normally a favorable location for tornadoes,” Dutter said. “These storms were moving 50 to 60 miles an hour, almost the speed you’d be driving down the highway.”
WJZ shared the survival story of Joy Mitchell, who was inside her home in Mardela Springs when the EF-2 tornado lifted it off of the foundation.
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She believes a steel cable attaching the house to the foundation stopped it from flying across the road and saved her life.
“It was like putting on the brakes, and it just slammed me right to the ground. I could feel the house lift up and keep moving. I was shifted forward,” she said. “I couldn’t get up right away. It was like there was pressure holding me down. I’m just really thankful to be here, and I thank God.”
Friends have now raised more than $11,000 to help her recover. She says she was asleep when her phone alerted her to the pending danger.
In St. Mary’s County, an EF-0 tornado brought winds of about 80 miles per hour to Scotland between 6:27 a.m. and 6:31 a.m.
Four tornadoes alone were confirmed in Maryland on Tuesday.
According to the NWS, four confirmed tornadoes touched down in southern Maryland.
The first tornado was reported in St. Mary’s County around 6:27 a.m. just two miles southeast of Ridge, Maryland. It was an EF-0.
The second tornado formed in St. Mary’s County 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.
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.
A second tornado was reported in Calvert County at 7:33 a.m. at Plum Point. It was labeled an EF-1 with 90 miles per hour winds.
Marylanders should be prepared for more storms. A newly-revised hurricane forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting up to 25 named storms this season—which is unprecedented—and as many as three hurricanes category six and higher.
Warmer water temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean and lower wind shears are fueling these powerful storms.