Tornado touches down over Patuxent in Calvert County

'Waterspout' confirmed by law enforcement, NWS says

August 07, 2012|By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun

A tornado was spotted over the Patuxent River in Calvert County on Tuesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

The "waterspout," as tornadoes over water are known, was seen moving west over the river about 5:55 p.m. by law enforcement, said Heather Sheffield, a NWS spokeswoman.

After the spotting, which came amid thunderstorms in southern Maryland, a short-lived tornado warning was issued for parts of Calvert, Charles, St. Mary's and Prince George's counties, Sheffield said.

The NWS planned to "keep an eye out" for more tornadoes or waterspouts through Tuesday evening, when more thunderstorms were forecast to move through the area, Sheffield said.

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