Weather service hasn't determined if tornado struck East Balto. Co. residents say they saw funnel cloud

March 31, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The National Weather Service said yesterday it has not determined whether a tornado touched down in eastern Baltimore County during a severe thunderstorm Saturday afternoon.

Several people reported seeing a funnel cloud at North Point Boulevard and Battle Grove Road about 1: 45 p.m. as the storm moved through the North Point area.

The storm shattered windows at a Wendy's restaurant in the 4500 block of Battle Grove Road, leaving one person with minor cuts to the hand, according to a county Fire Department official.

The county also responded to several reports of downed trees and utility poles.

"We don't know if it was a tornado or straight-line wind damage," said Dave Thede, a weather service meteorologist in Sterling, Va.

He said radar images show that a gust front was moving in front of the storm and the funnel might have been a "gustnado," a small, rotating column of air.

Pub Date: 3/31/97

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