COLUMBIA, Md. (WJZ) — The National Weather Service confirmed Friday that an EF-0 tornado struck Columbia Thursday evening.
NWS staff surveyed damage in Columbia MD that was confirmed as a brief EF-0 tornado, as well as significant storm damage in Fredericksburg VA. The preliminary storm survey report for both is here: https://t.co/bVW0ZLic3K. pic.twitter.com/UK7UJstop2READ MORE: Harford County Council Is Asking University Of Maryland Upper Chesapeake To Reconsider Its Vaccine Mandate
— NWS Baltimore-Washington (@NWS_BaltWash) July 30, 2021
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.READ MORE: Maryland State Police To Assist U.S. Capitol Police With Security Ahead of Justice For J6 Protest
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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.MORE NEWS: 47-Year-Old Damian Palmer Arrested In Baltimore For Attempted Murder
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.