Shomari O'Connor was in his northwest Baltimore apartment Thursday afternoon watching the storm when he saw trees bending and the windows begin to vibrate from the wind.
Then the ceiling of his apartment rose up for a moment, and he could see the sky. He picked up his 18-month-old daughter, Nefertiti, and ran.
"It was fight or flight," said O'Connor, 42. "We flew."
The line of storms that blew through the region Thursday also uprooted cherry trees in Washington, D.C., knocked out power and included lightning that struck a miniature donkey farm in Carroll County.
More than a dozen people were displaced after the wind tore off a large portion of...