Funnel cloud sighting, severe wind damage reported in Saturday storms

A trained weather spotter reported a funnel cloud sighting in Roland Park on Saturday afternoon, while severe wind damage occurred in Harford County as storms passed through the region, according to the National Weather Service.

The funnel cloud sighting was reported at 4:24 p.m. along Lake Avenue near Roland Avenue. No tornado has been confirmed, and the weather service has not received any reports of damage that appeared to have been caused by a tornado, said Brian Lasorsa, a meteorologist in the weather service's Baltimore/Washington forecast office.


There was, however, damage associated with straight-line winds known as a downburst in Harford County.

Winds of 85 mph are suspected to have uprooted "several dozen" hard- and soft-wood trees along a 200-yard stretch near Glenville Road in the Churchville area, a Harford County official told the weather service. The winds were likely associated with a downburst, officials said, when air cooled by rain falls rapidly through a storm cloud and produces strong, spread-out winds on the ground.


More than 10 trees were downed near Churchville, according to a weather spotter there. A tree fell onto a house along Moores Mill Road near Bel Air, according to another report.

Hail three-quarters of an inch thick was also reported near Bel Air.

The Harford County 911 center also received two unconfirmed reports of possible tornado activity. At the height of the storm, which lasted more than an hour, the center received more than 130 calls for service, but there were no reports of serious injuries, according to the county government.

The Aegis contributed to this report.