Powerful thunderstorms rumbled across Maryland last night with high winds and at least 7,000 bolts of lightning that knocked out electrical power to thousands of homes.
At Joy's Sub Shop in Glen Burnie, employees and customers were convinced they saw a tornado.
Al Sadaka, who was working at his mother's sub shop on Quarterfield Road, said the wind uprooted two trees, lifted a large trash bin off the ground, shook the shop windows and ripped the letters from the restaurant's exterior about 7:30 p.m.
Whether a twister had dropped in, as Mr. Sadaka suspected, could not be confirmed. But National Weather Service forecaster Robert L. Melrose said the conditions were right -- and he saw "rotor cloud" formations similar to funnel formations crossing above Baltimore-Washington International Airport about the same time.