Winds level 3 buildings in Calvert

April 22, 2000

Rain and high winds swept through the Baltimore region yesterday evening, leveling an auditorium under construction and two barns in Calvert County.

The fast-moving storm knocked out electricity to about 7,300 customers in Central Maryland and delayed some flights at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

Heavy rain drenched Baltimore, particularly around Camden Yards, but caused no damage, officials said.

But about 5 p.m. in Southern Maryland, winds knocked down an auditorium being built for the Cardinal Hickey Academy on Mount Harmony Road in northern Calvert County, causing about $500,000 in damage, said Michael Montgomery, chief of the Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department.

The winds spared Jesus the Good Shepard Church, which is connected to the auditorium, Montgomery said. Twelve people were in the church, Montgomery said, and none were injured.

The winds also knocked over a barn and destroyed another, scattering wood and other debris across a field, Montgomery said. It's unclear whether the winds were caused by a tornado or a cloudburst, he said.

"We had three buildings severely damaged by whatever it was," Montgomery said. "It went, `Bam, bam, bam.' "

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