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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | November 17, 2010
The tornado-like storm that whipped through Northeast Baltimore Wednesday morning stripped away roofs, windows and even roofs, leaving apartments as open as a child's dollhouse. Residents awoke to find cars jumbled in a heap, furniture scattered across lawns and wooden roofs that had sailed hundreds of feet away — in some cases, across Northern Parkway. How does a tornado, essentially a whirling column of air, create enough force to tug a roof off a building and send it hurtling like a hockey puck?
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
A series of severe storms blew through the Baltimore region Monday evening, bringing heavy rain, lightning and strong winds that factored into at least one death, officials say. The storms are expected to last through Tuesday. Natural Resources Police found a 42-year-old woman dead Monday in the water in Anne Arundel County where she had been boating during the storm with a 40-year-old Pasadena man, who is missing, spokeswoman Candy Thomson said. The two left Sunday between 10 a.m. and noon, and their boat was found washed up on the rocks at Sparrows Point, Thomson said.
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By a Baltimore Sun reporter | February 21, 2014
A tornado was confirmed Friday in St. Mary's and Calvert counties in southern Maryland, the National Weather Service said. An EF-0 tornado, with an estimated maximum wind speed of 80 mph, moved from Compton in St. Mary's County to Cove Point in Calvert between 12:23 p.m. and 12:39 p.m. No injuries or fatalities were reported, but trees were down. The weather service received 15 damage reports that appeared linear when mapped. A tornado watch had been issued for a large swath of Maryland Friday afternoon.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2014
More heavy rain is possible Friday evening, on top of the quick deluge from storms that flooded roadways and spawned a tornado warning in the afternoon. A flash flood watch is in effect through 10 p.m. Flood warnings around Baltimore had expired by early Friday evening, but some large puddles could remain on roadways. A moist air mass was expected to bring more storms with rainfall rates of up to 1-2 inches per hour. At the Inner Harbor, 1.58 inches of rain fell between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. as a line of storms passed through.
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By Baltimore Sun reporter | November 17, 2010
Storms with winds reported at or near 80 mph blew through the area between 1:30 and 2 a.m. causing damage and electricity outages. WBAL-TV was reporting that the National Weather Service was working to confirm reports of a possible tornado in the 2200 block of Fleetwood Ave.
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By Scott Dance | April 10, 2012
As part of Maryland Severe Storms Awareness Week, a statewide tornado drill is taking place Wednesday at 9:45 a.m . The alert will be issued over NOAA weather radios at that time, with an all-clear message to follow at 10 a.m. All Maryland schools are being encouraged to participate, and businesses, families and individuals can develop their own tornado plans and join in, too. Tornado plans should involve heading to the lowest small...
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | October 23, 2012
A tornado with 80 mph winds moved across 1.2 miles near Jarrettsville on Friday night, National Weather Service officials confirmed Monday. The tornado ranked as an EF-0 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, according to a report the weather service's Baltimore/Washington forecast office posted to its website Monday afternoon. That classification is the weakest on the EF scale and includes tornadoes with gusts of 65 to 85 mph lasting at least three seconds. Damage discovered when weather service officials surveyed the area included a gazebo being lifted off the porch of a house and dropped on top of the house's roof and large trees being uprooted or snapped in half, according to a report posted on the weather service website Tuesday.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2011
The funnel cloud that caused minor damage in Ocean City on Thursday has been officially determined to be a tornado, a National Weather Service meteorologist said Saturday. The storm began as a waterspout over the Assawoman Bay and dissipated as it transitioned onto land about 3:55 p.m. near 75th Street, said Dan Proch, of NWS' Wakefield, Va., bureau. Gusts were estimated to be 60 to 70 miles per hour, he said. An on-site investigation Saturday revealed that the tornado was about 40 yards wide and cut a path of about one-half mile, Proch said.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2010
The National Weather Service confirmed Friday that a tornado passed through the Lake Shore neighborhood east of Pasadena in Anne Arundel County during Thursday's storm. Officials at the National Weather Service said the tornado reached maximum winds of 80 mph, with a path as wide as 200 yards and as wide as one mile long, passing within a half mile of Chesapeake High, Chesapeake Middle and Bodkin Elementary schools. The tornado formed at about 9:46 a.m. over Cornfield Creek, knocking a sailboat on its side and then moving toward Milburn Circle in Lake Shore, where it knocked down several trees.
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By Frank Roylance and Baltimore Sun reporter | November 18, 2010
(From the Maryland Weather blog) The National Weather Service concluded tonight that the violent windstorm that struck Northeast Baltimore and Parkville was an EF-1 tornado with top winds of 85 to 100 mph. Damage was tracked along a path five miles long, all done within the span of four minutes. But the tornado was part of a more complex storm that included powerful straight-line winds, too. Here is the report, published, as is their custom, in all capital letters: AFTER AN EXTENSIVE REVIEW OF NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION WEATHER RADARS.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2014
Severe storms were moving south and west of the Baltimore area Wednesday evening, expected to bring threats of hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes. A tornado watch has been issued for Allegany, Carroll, Charles, Frederick , Garrett, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George's and Washington, D.C. until 9 p.m. A special weather statement cautions of severe weather in Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Harford counties and Baltimore City. Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued across central and northern Virginia on Wednesday afternoon, and a tornado warning was issued in south central Pennsylvania, north of Cumberland.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2014
A line of potent storms prompted at least two tornado warnings in Maryland and dropped hail as large as golf balls Thursday afternoon. One tornado warning was issued after 4 p.m. in the Annapolis area, with a storm showing rotation on radar moving across central Anne Arundel County before crossing the Chesapeake Bay and prompting warnings on the Eastern Shore. Another potential tornado appeared on radar in Kent and Queen Anne's counties on the upper Eastern Shore. National Weather Service meteorologist Anthony Gigi said storm trackers would go Friday to Kent, Del., where a tornado was reported.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2014
Severe storms brought hail and damaging winds through Maryland and much of the mid-Atlantic Thursday afternoon. A tornado warning was issued until 5:15 p.m. for central Anne Arundel County, including Annapolis, Parole and the waters of the Severn River. Another tornado warning was issued earlier in parts of Kent and Queen Anne's counties on the Eastern Shore. Severe storms brought hail the size of golf balls and quarters to northern Montgomery County and western Howard County, according to reports received by the National Weather Service.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2014
The National Weather Service does not expect to confirm any tornadoes from storms that passed through Southern Maryland on Wednesday. Radar indicated a possible funnel cloud, prompting a tornado warning for portions of Charles and St. Mary's counties about 4:30 p.m. But there were not reports of any damage significant enough to warrant surveying, according to the weather service. At least 34 people died in tornadoes this week, with Arkansas and Mississippi the hardest hit. #sigshell { float: left; width: 320px; height: 52px; margin: 20px 0px; display: block; }
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2014
The storm system that brought tornadoes to parts of the Southeast United States arrived in Baltimore Tuesday, prompting the National Weather Service to call a flash-flood watch for the region through Wednesday night. The downpour, which had dropped a half-inch of rainfall in the city and surrounding counties by Tuesday night, is expected to continue for much of the day and night Wednesday, bringing as much as 3 to 5 inches to the region - and up to 7 in some areas. The weather service reported that conditions would be "capable of producing torrential rainfall … damaging wind gusts and even the threat for a few tornadoes.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2014
The National Weather Service canceled the tornado watch that was issued earlier for the city, Arundel, Baltimore and Harford counties and parts of southern Maryland until 5 p.m. A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes. There was also a severe thunderstorm warning for the city, Baltimore, Harford, northern Arundel and eastern Howard until 1 p.m. A line of thunderstorms capable of producing 60 mph winds was detected southwest of Fort Meade just after noon.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2013
A tornado touched down in the Largo area of Prince George's County during storms that passed through the region Friday, the National Weather Service confirmed Monday. Meteorologists had previously confirmed another tornado in Northern Virginia. The Largo tornado touched down at 7:26 p.m. in the Marlboro Ridge neighborhood, uprooting trees, blowing out windows and garage doors and walls. The tornado traveled about half a mile, lasting less than a minute, according to the weather service.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2013
A tornado watch and flash flood warning are in effect for the Baltimore region, with heavy rain and gusty winds expected through the night. The tornado watch area includes all of central and southern Maryland and is effective through 2 a.m. Thursday. A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for tornado development but does not mean any have or will occur. The Baltimore area is also under a flash-flood warning, coastal flood advisory and a wind advisory through early Thursday.
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By a Baltimore Sun reporter | February 21, 2014
A tornado was confirmed Friday in St. Mary's and Calvert counties in southern Maryland, the National Weather Service said. An EF-0 tornado, with an estimated maximum wind speed of 80 mph, moved from Compton in St. Mary's County to Cove Point in Calvert between 12:23 p.m. and 12:39 p.m. No injuries or fatalities were reported, but trees were down. The weather service received 15 damage reports that appeared linear when mapped. A tornado watch had been issued for a large swath of Maryland Friday afternoon.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | November 17, 2013
The tarp has been rolled off the playing surface at Soldier Field, though weather reports for the Ravens' game this afternoon against the Chicago Bears remain poor. According to the Chicago Tribune , the National Weather Service has issued an "extraordinarily rare" tornado watch for the area today that is in effect until 4 p.m. Beyond the tornado watch, severe thunderstorms are predicted for the area that could include thunderstorms, hail and strong wind gusts that could reach up to 75 miles per hour, according to the weather service.
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