Possible tornado damage in Harford

October 20, 2012|By Scott Dance and Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun

The National Weather Service has recorded two reports of damage in Harford County from storms that moved through the Baltimore metro area Friday evening.

Just after 7 p.m., a 911 caller reported downed trees and powerlines along a 100-foot wide path near Salem Church and Cox roads in Jarrettsville. About the same time, a gazebo was reported damaged near the intersection of Route 23 and Salem Church Road.

A tornado has not been confirmed, but the damage is in an area that was under a tornado warning at the time of the reports, said National Weather Service meteorologist Stephen Konarik in Sterling, Va.

The weather service will investigate the damage and any photographic evidence to determine whether a tornado occured, he said.

Weather service officials earlier said a tornado had been confirmed near Jarrettsville, but later revised alerts to warn of a possible tornado.

Around 7 p.m. Friday, Rich Gardiner, the Harford fire & EMS association public information officer posted an advisory on organization's Facebook Page that there had been a “confirmed tornado in Jarrettsville moving at 30 mph – take shelter at this time.”

Two residents living in the area of Cox and Salem Church roads, about two miles northwest of Jarrettsville, posted on the Facebook page that trees were down in that area around 8 p.m. Friday.

Gardiner said Saturday morning that the Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company sent people to the Cox Road area following Friday evening’s report but found “nothing significant.”

“I talked to the chief, and he said there were a few trees down, some topped, but nobody actually saw the funnel cloud,” Gardiner said. “We do want people to report what they saw to the National Weather Service. I expect they [NWS] will send someone out here to investigate.”

Gardiner said he hoped to talk later Saturday with some fire company members he knows who live in the area where the tree damage was reported.

The storm first prompted a tornado warning at about 6:30 p.m. covering Cockeysville and later Phoenix, Sparks and Monkton. Baltimore County emergency officials reported seeing a funnel cloud near Brooklandville at 6:30 p.m.

By about 10 p.m. all of the thunderstorm activity had moved east of the Chesapeake Bay, Konarik said. The Baltimore region now appears to be headed into a week-long dry stretch, he said.

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. reported 47 power outages in Baltimore County, 200 in Harford County, 400 outages in Howard County and 234 in Baltimore City as of 10:30 p.m.

Baltimore Sun Media Group reporter Allan Vought contributed to this article.

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