Carroll County Times

WEATHER OR NOT: Severe storms wreak havoc in Carroll

In a frantic 90 minutes, just about every community in Carroll County was placed under a tornado warning by the National Weather Service as two severe thunderstorms pushed through the area. It remains to be seen if a tornado did, in fact, touch down, but reports have trees and power lines down are widespread in and around Reese, Gamber and Winfield. The National Weather Service has reported wind damage in portions of Carroll near Hampstead as well. Nearly 2,500 BGE customers are without electricity, mostly in the Gamber, Reese and Finksburg communities.

The first storm moved through the Damascus area, pushed through Mount Airy, and tracked to the northeast, affecting Gamber, Finksburg, Reese and Hampstead. The second storm followed a similar path and sparked a tornado warning to be issued for northwestern Carroll County.

The storms were accompanied by strong winds and torrential downpours, which prompted a Flash Flood Warning to be issued in Carroll County through 6 p.m.

The severe weather outbreak was expected. Forecasters have warned for days that potential severe weather could affect the area. Carroll remains under a tornado watch until 9 p.m. this evening.

It appears that a funnel cloud with a possible tornado touched down in Sterling, Va., near where the National Weather Service's Baltimore-Washington headquarters are located. Multiple photos of that storm have been posted on social networking sites.

Once the storms pass through, the National Weather Service will send investigators into the affected areas where tornadoes might have touched down. By studying damage and other reports, they will then make a conclusion. If a tornado did, in fact, touch down, the National Weather Service will issue a release with the storm's details.

Once this inclement weather pushes through, expect a really nice weekend, according to the National Weather Service. Expect a high of 72 on Saturday and 74 on Sunday.