Thunderstorms leave minor damage

May 16, 2004

A line of thunderstorms swept through Central Maryland last night, prompting a brief tornado warning for Frederick and Carroll counties, but most of the Baltimore region emerged with only minor damage, authorities said.

A Harford County police dispatcher said the emergency center received about 30 calls reporting downed power lines.

In Baltimore County, a 40-foot tree blew over, blocking the intersection of West Joppa Road and Woodbine Avenue. A house on Mount Holly Street in West Baltimore was damaged by a fire shortly before 10 p.m. that officials said might have been caused by lightning.

Authorities in Howard, Anne Arundel and Carroll counties reported no significant problems. Police in Frederick County said they received an unconfirmed report of funnel clouds but no reports of significant damage.

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