A tornado warning issued for Westminster and east central Carroll County was withdrawn at 3:45 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. An early warning for Mount Airy and southern Carroll had previously been withdrawn.
At 3:34 p.m., the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning after radar detected rotation in a powerful thunderstorm near Westminster moving northeast at 35 miles per hour. The storm was also expected to affect Hereford, Carrolltown, Upperco, Boring, Patapsco and Reese, according to the warning and those in its path were encouraged to take shelter, according to the release.
Earlier a tornado warning had been issued for Mount Airy and southern Carroll.
At 3:01 p.m., the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning after radar detected rotation in a powerful thunderstorm near Linganore-Bartonsville and moving northeast at 35 miles per hour. The storm was expected to approach Mount Airy by 3:20 p.m. It was noted that Woodbine could also be affected.
Unlike a tornado watch, which means conditions are possible for the formation of tornadoes, a tornado warning means a tornado has been detected, according to the National Weather Service website.
If a tornado touches down, it could cause damage to structures and create flying debris, and those in its path are encouraged to shelter in an interior room without windows, a basement or lowest point in a building, according to the warning.