NWS raises tornado total to 11; four in Md.
The National Weather Service's official count of tornados in Maryland and northern Virginia last week has jumped to 11, with four added since the initial ground surveys came in late last week. Two of the four were confirmed in Maryland with damage surveys and eyewitness reports. That brings the tally in Maryland to four - in Breton Bay, St. Mary's County; Camp Springs, Prince George's County; Westminster, Carroll County, and in northern Baltimore County east of Hampstead.
The Maryland additions:
1. An EF-0 tornado was confirmed in Westminster, Carroll County, touching down at about 7:46 a.m. Thursday, April 28. The twister traveled for about 0.6 mile , cutting a path 50 yards wide from near Old Westminster Pike, across Ralph and Center streets, then lifting off the ground as it crossed Route 97. No injuries were reported, but the tornado uprooted or snapped several treets and broke several large branches. Top winds were estimated at 65 mph.
2. An EF-0 tornado was confirmed two miles east of Hampstead, touching down at 8:09 a.m. Thursday near the Baltimore County line and moving for about 1.1 mile along Mt. Carmel Road and across Marshall Mill Road. It snapped or uprooted several trees and knocked down several large branches. No injuries were reported. Top winds were estimated at 65 mph.
In all, the National Weather Service forecast office in Sterling, Va., issued 40 tornado warnings in Maryland and Virginia between Tuesday evening and 11:22 a.m. Thursday.