No tornadoes confirmed after weekend storms

September 14, 2012|By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun

Storms that passed through Maryland and Virginia on Saturday spawned six separate tornado warnings, including one in which a funnel cloud was spotted in Anne Arundel County, but none have been confirmed as tornadoes.

That's according to a review of the storms the National Weather Service's Sterling, Va., office posted on its website.

The storms passed through between about 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., knocking down trees from Washington County to Anne Arundel County and to the south and west in Virginia.

Three of the tornado warnings were issued in Maryland -- one in Washington County near Hagerstown, another along the border between Prince George's and Montgomery counties, and another across Prince George's and southern Anne Arundel County. 

A funnel cloud was reported via amateur radio near Cape St. Claire in Anne Arundel at 4:40 p.m., according to storm reports.

But none of the damage surveyed around the warning areas appears to be evidence of tornado activity, according to the weather service. That could change if more damage is found in later surveys.

Storms could crop up in Allegany and Garrett counties by late tonight, according to the weather service's Storm Prediction Center, as a front moves from the Great Lakes and crosses over Pennsylvania and New York.

But only a sprinkle is expected in Central Maryland, and there is no other severe weather risk expected over the next week or so, according to the storm center.

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