Maryland weather: Severe thunderstorms knock down trees and cause power outages

Severe thunderstorms rolled through multiple Maryland counties Tuesday evening, downing trees, causing power outages and damaging Ripken Field in Aberdeen, home of the IronBirds professional baseball team.


Flood and severe thunderstorm watches and warnings were issued for the Baltimore area early Tuesday, and a severe thunderstorm watch lasted until 10 p.m. for counties in Maryland stretching from Garrett to Cecil and including Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard. Rain showers and thunderstorms abated overnight.

The entire state except for the Eastern Shore was under a severe thunderstorm watch Tuesday, but some areas, including Harford County north of Baltimore City, saw significant damage. NWS tweeted that thunderstorms in Harford could have had wind gusts up to 70 mph.


Many trees were knocked over in Harford County, and 36 roads were closed in the storm’s wake. Crews cleared roads throughout the night but 13 were still closed due to the storm as of 10 p.m.

Directly across from Ripken Field on the other side of John F Kennedy Memorial Highway, a lightning bolt struck the roof of a house in Aberdeen around 5 p.m., setting fire to the roof and attic. Two miles from the house fire, fierce winds snapped a large tree and threw it on top of a house, trapping two people inside. The occupants were unharmed but unable to escape the crushed home.

Cindy Mumby, a Harford County spokesperson, said a tornado possibly formed in four locations throughout the county. Officials reported the tornado sightings to NWS.

Tuesday evening, the Maryland State Highway administration tweeted that there have been reports of downed trees, power outages, high water and debris. In some parts of the state, power lines were down, and Baltimore Gas & Electric Co., which serves Baltimore and the surrounding area, noted at 7:41 p.m. that there were 1,300 outages.

In Baltimore County, an emergency operations center remained in place by 11 p.m. as crews worked overnight to clear trees and wires from roads. Carroll County Community College announced that classes would be delayed because of a power outage.

Baltimore City saw rainfall but was largely unscathed by the powerful storm. Moisture from the storm and light from the setting sun created a stunning sunset in purple and orange hues.

A special marine warning for several parts of the Chesapeake Bay has also been issued. Winds greater than 34 knots and pea-sized hail are possible, according to the NWS. A flood watch was also issued, lasting from 4 p.m. Tuesday to midnight for the Baltimore metro area, including Anne Arundel and Howard counties.


The rest of the week should have mostly sunny or partly cloudy skies, except for Friday, when there’s a chance of showers.