COLUMBIA, Md. (WJZ) — The National Weather Service confirmed Friday that an EF-0 tornado struck Columbia Thursday evening.

The tornado touched down at the Snowden Square mall at 5:07 p.m. and traveled a quarter-mile before it dissipated one minute later. Wind gusts peaked at around 70 mph.

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Investigators found two ornamental trees snapped at their base in front of the Goodwill there. The tornado tore off a section of wall facade at BJ’s Warehouse. The affected wall was on the opposite side from the direction in which the tornado was moving.

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An employee at the store’s tire center said nearby shopping carts were lifted into the air then blown to the north. Two more mid-sized trees were damaged at the end of Snowden Square Drive. Large branches were snapped off and thrown in multiple directions.

CBS Baltimore Staff