Carroll County Times

Tornado that ripped through Finksburg rated EF-1 by National Weather Service

A tornado that touched down near Gamber was classified as an EF-1 twister Monday by the National Weather Service.

The tornado uprooted trees and snapped tree limbs in a four-mile swath just north-northwest of Gamber and caused a debris ball briefly picked up by radar Friday. The tornado was one of at least 10 that touched down during a severe weather outbreak Friday. Two of those tornadoes were in Carroll.

The Gamber twister was one of three tornadoes in Maryland classified as an EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, according to the National Weather Service. EF-1 tornadoes typically have peak wind gusts of 86 to 110 mph. The other EF-1 tornadoes touched down in Howard and Harford counties.

The rest of Friday's tornadoes, including one that briefly touched down near Mount Airy, were classified as EF-0 tornadoes, the weakest level, with estimated peak winds of 65 to 85 mph, the National Weather Service said.

The Mount Airy tornado formed just west of the intersection of Twin Arch Road and Old Frederick Road and near Interstate 70. It continued north until it dissipated after crossing Twin Arch Road and had a path of 0.4 mile, according to the National Weather Service.

Despite the unusual tornado outbreak throughout the state, damage was mostly limited to downed power lines and uprooted trees, according to the National Weather Service.

As of Monday morning, State Farm Insurance received fewer than 200 claims in Maryland resulting from Friday's storm, spokeswoman Anna Bryant said. That number may grow this week, she said.

Property owners who did suffer damage should contact their insurance company immediately and take photographs or video footage of the damage, according to a news release from the Maryland Insurance Administration.

Before any damaged property is removed, an insurance adjuster or agent should see it first.

A chance of showers and thunderstorms is in the National Weather Service forecast today, Wednesday and Thursday for Carroll.