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Storms sweep through Harford Tuesday, bringing report of tornado sighting in Aberdeen area

Tornadoes and Wind StormsNational Weather Service

Fast moving thunderstorms swept across Harford County early Tuesday morning, prompting reports of a funnel cloud sighting in the Aberdeen area shortly after 6 a.m.

No significant damage has been reported from the combination of heavy rains, winds and lighting strikes, Robert Thomas, spokesman for the Harford County Department of Emergency Services, said around 9:30 a.m.

Based on information from the National Weather Service, Thomas said the county issued its own tornado warning in a Connect-CTY robocall to residents at 5:56 a.m. for the greater Bel Air area, Abingdon, Aberdeen, Havre de Grace, Level and Churchville.

"At 6:10 we received a report of a funnel cloud sighted around Route 40 and Bel Air Avenue in Aberdeen; however, there has been nothing to indicate there was any damage to buildings or that a tornado had touched down," Thomas said.

"During this period there was a house fire reported on Custis Street [in Aberdeen] and another at Chapel and Paradise roads [northwest of Havre de Grace]," Thomas said. He did not have information on the extent of either fire, but fire investigators said the Custis Street fire does not appear to be related to the weather.

A reporter who visited the area of the reported funnel cloud sighting, which is the center of downtown Aberdeen, saw nothing out of the ordinary around 9:30 a.m.

Thomas said the county received another tornado warning from the NWS at 6:30 a.m., "but that warning was quickly cleared," he said.

The county sent its first alert to residents at 1:46 a.m. that the NWS had issued a flash flood warning, Thomas said. Despite the heavy rains, which did not come until more than three hours later, he said there had been no reports of flooding Tuesday morning. The NWS flash flood warning for the county was ended at 8:45 a.m.

"Other than a few trees down, including on Hess Road [northwest of Fallston] we don't have any other information at this point on damage," he added.

The Baltimore Sun weather blog also reported that the National Weather Service briefly confirmed a tornado in the Perryman area south of Aberdeen, but then said one had not been confirmed. Radar had indicated a likely tornado, however, the blog reported.

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