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Storms bring tornado warnings, golf ball-size hail

A line of potent storms prompted at least two tornado warnings in Maryland and dropped hail as large as golf balls Thursday afternoon.

One tornado warning was issued after 4 p.m. in the Annapolis area, with a storm showing rotation on radar moving across central Anne Arundel County before crossing the Chesapeake Bay and prompting warnings on the Eastern Shore.

Another potential tornado appeared on radar in Kent and Queen Anne's counties on the upper Eastern Shore. National Weather Service meteorologist Anthony Gigi said storm trackers would go Friday to Kent, Del., where a tornado was reported. Trackers will assess damage and determine if a funnel touched down.

No major damage was immediately reported in Anne Arundel, said Dan Hofman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va. The agency was seeking damage reports Thursday night to decide whether to confirm whether tornadoes had touched down.

Hail up to 1.75 inches in diameter was reported in the Roxbury Mills area of northern Montgomery County and the Brighton Dam area of western Howard County. Hail an inch across was reported in Highland in western Howard, according to the National Weather Service.

The storms were part of a strong line that stretched from New York to Virginia, spawning tornado warnings elsewhere.

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