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No significant storm damage reported in Howard

While a flash-flood warning and watch remain in effect for Howard County, there have been no confirmed reports of significant damage within the county during Thursday's tornado watch, according to a government spokesman.

"It's turned out to be a bit of a non-event so far for us after all the excitement," said Thomas McNeal, an emergency management specialist with the county. 

McNeal said, as of 4:40 p.m., there were no reports of storm damage in Howard County and, although the National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado touched down in Montgomery County, there have been no confirmed reports of tornadoes in Howard. 

In anticipation of the storm, the county opened its Emergency Operations Center at 6:45 a.m. Thursday to monitor the storm.

"Additional department/agency reps are prepared to staff up the Emergency Operations Center should it become necessary for the afternoon round of storms," said county spokesman Mark Miller.

The flash-flood warning will remain in effect until 7:15 p.m., while the flash-flood watch is in effect until 8 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. 

At 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Baltimore Gas & Electric reported 15 customers in the county without power and that 841 customers have had power restored. 

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