The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado touched down in Cecil County on Saturday evening as strong winds and some thunderstorms blew into the Baltimore area and portions of northeastern and southern Maryland.
The weather service said Sunday evening that the twister hit east of Rising Sun at about 6:45 p.m. and lasted about six minutes. It was classified as an EF-1 tornado, meaning wind gusts reached an estimated 86 to 110 mph.
The tornado touched down east of Chandlee and Telegraph roads, near the village of Calvert, and continued moving southeast for over 4 miles. The weather service noted that the tornado damaged over 100 trees in the area of Calvert Regional Park, the Cecil Arena and Rising Sun High School, cast portable toilets a distance of 300 yards, and collapsed a small barn.
Most of Central and Southern Maryland, as well as the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia, were hit by high winds Saturday evening, with a gust of 63 mph being recorded at BWI Marshall Airport. The weather service had issued a high wind warning throughout Maryland in effect until 1 a.m. Sunday.
Tornadoes from Saturday’s weather also hit Bridgeville, Delaware, as well as Jackson, Cinnaminson, Howell Township and Sea Girt in New Jersey, according to the weather service.
The tornado in Sussex County, Delaware, caused one fatality in the county, along with several reports of structural damage, downed trees and downed power lines, according to Chip Guy, communications director for the county. The weather service has not released a detailed assessment on the tornado.