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Weather or Not: No reports of tornadoes touching down in Carroll

Even though a tornado warning was issued by the National Weather Service Monday night, there were no indications that a twister actually touched down in Carroll County.

The Carroll County Office of Emergency Management said there were no reports of widespread damage.

Lt. David Stem of the Carroll County Sheriff's Office echoed those sentiments and issued the following release around 8:15 p.m. Monday night:

"At this time, we are unable to confirm that there was a tornado that touched down," he wrote. "According to our emergency communication center, at approximately 7:15 p.m., Doppler radar indicated that a tornado could soon be or was on the ground in the Woodbine area. However at this time, we have had no reports of damage that would indicate that is the case. There is however major flooding on low lying roadways."

The National Weather Service issues tornado warnings when there is confirmation of a tornado on the ground or if radar indicates conditions are favorable for rotation in a storm, thereby indicating a tornado is possibly forming or has already formed.

Sometimes, there are false alarms in the warning process. This might have been the case - for Carroll, at least. The National Weather Service reported structure and tree damage near Starting Gate Court in the Howard County portion of Woodbine that may have been caused by a tornado. An investigation will be conducted to determine if the damage was caused by a tornado or straight line winds.

It was a wild weather day. Here's a recap:

3 a.m. Monday morning: Loud claps of thunder rumble through Westminster as a line of strong thunderstorms pass through. The National Weather Service issues a Flash Flood Warning for South-Central Carroll County due to heavy rain from the storm. Up to 2 inches of rain fell during the thunderstorms in those areas.

Noon Monday: Dew points climb into the low-to-mid 70s throughout Central Maryland, making for an extremely humid day, an air mass more commonly found in Miami than Maryland. The existing humidity, combined with an approaching cold front, concern forecasters, who warn that severe weather is possible in the evening hours.

3 p.m. Monday: The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., issues a Tornado Watch for most of Maryland due to the threat of isolated twisters as the cold front pushes through.

7 p.m. Monday: Reports of damage in the Woodbine of Carroll County surface as a possible tornado touches down a few miles south of Interstate 70. A tornado warning is issued for Carroll and Howard Counties.

8:15 p.m. Monday: The Carroll County Sheriff's Office issues a press release indicating that they have no confirmation that a tornado touched down. A flash flood warning remains in effect for South Carroll, where flooding of low-lying areas is widespread.

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