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Maryland weather: EF-1 category tornado hits Columbia before severe storms move out of Baltimore area

Maryland weather: EF-1 category tornado hits Columbia before severe storms move out of Baltimore area

An EF-1 tornado touched down in Columbia on Thursday afternoon as severe storms in the Baltimore area brought down trees and led to power outages in Howard County.

The EF-1 category tornado, which is classified as having wind speeds from 86 mph and 110 mph, hit in Columbia at 3:34 p.m., the National Weather Service wrote on social media shortly before 9 p.m. Tornadoes range in strength from EF-0 (65-85 mph) to EF-5 (over 200 mph).

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 11:15 for parts of north and western Maryland, including Hagerstown and Thurmont. The service wrote that isolated wind gusts could reach up to 60 mph and that there’s a possibility of...

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