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May 19, 2011

Funnel reported on Eastern Shore; no damage

Emergency personnel in Queen Anne's County on Maryland's Eastern Shore scrambled this afternoon to check out reports of a tornado in the northern portions of the county. But Kevin Aftung, the director of emergency services says his crews have found no signs of any damage or injuries.

"Every place where there has been a report has had at least a crew there to look, but they have seen no damage," he said. "At this point we're clear. We continue to search."

The National Weather Service forecast office in Mt. Holly, N.J., which covers the northern Shore, had issued a tornado warning for the area, Aftung said. It came without the usual precursors of severe storm warnings and tornado watches. And as quickly as it was posted, it was canceled, he said.

"The sky got darker, like there was going to be a storm," Aftung said. "It kinda developed very quickly and moved off very quickly."

But then the phones started ringing. "We have five reports of funnel-shaped clouds in the sky during the height of the storm," he said. But "we have no evidence of a touchdown of any of the funnel clouds." He said it was posible the reports came from five people observing the same funnel.

The calls came from the northern portion of the county near the communities of Church Hill, Rolths Wharf and Duck Neck.

WJLA-TV Channel 7 in Washington has a photo of a funnel on its website which it says was taken near Worton, in Kent County. It's not clear whether the funnel is a tornado or a waterspout.

Elsewhere, the National Weather Service forecast office in Sterling, Va. has posted a Flash Flood Warning for northwestern Baltimore County, including Boring, Upperco and Glyndon, until 3:15 p.m. Slow-moving showers and thunderstorms were expected to drop as much as 2 inches of rain on the area.

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