Carroll County Times

National Weather Service confirms two tornadoes touched down in Carroll

The National Weather Service confirmed at least nine tornadoes touched down in Maryland, including two in Carroll County, during a severe weather outbreak Friday.

The two tornadoes in Carroll County caused mainly tree damage, according to the National Weather Service.

The first Carroll tornado touched down at 2:48 p.m. Friday just west of the intersection of Twin Arch Road and Old Frederick Road and just north of Interstate 70 near Mount Airy. It continued north until it dissipated after crossing Twin Arch Road and had a path of 0.4 mile.

Before dissipating, the twister uprooted trees and snapped tree limbs. No structural damage was found. The tornado was rated EF-0, the weakest level on the Enhanced Fujita Tornado Damage Scale with top wind gusts of 65-85 mph.

A second tornado touched down three miles to the north-northwest of Gamber just before 3:30 p.m. Friday. Damage consisted of uprooted and snapped trees and tree limbs. The tornado touched down for 4 miles and had a width of 150 yards. The tornado has not yet been rated by the National Weather Service.

Wind damage was also widespread throughout Carroll, with reports of uprooted trees in Finksburg, Hampstead, Millers and Reese, according to the National Weather Service.

More than 2 inches of rain fell Friday in many portions of Carroll County, including 3.24 inches in Mount Airy, 3.07 inches in Manchester and 2.22 inches in Westminster, according to reports from the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow network.

During the series of storms, an EF-1 tornado touched down in Harford County and in Howard County. Two were injured when the EF-1 tornado struck Pleasant Hills in Harford County just after 6 p.m. Friday.

Crews from the National Weather Service's Baltimore-Washington forecast office in Sterling, Va., are leading the investigation, which is ongoing through early next week due to the high number of corroborating damage reports, meteorologist-in-charge Jim Lee said in a release.

Survey teams traveled to Damascus, Accokeek, Fort Meade, Fallston, Simpsonville, Gamber and Mount Airy to investigate damage.