2 Md. tornadoes among 7 reported in Thursday storms

Two tornadoes confirmed to have touched down in Maryland on Thursday are among seven tornado reports from the storms, with several others spotted in Tennessee and Georgia.

The tornadoes here were in Montgomery and St. Mary's counties. Both were rated EF-0 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, the weakest category of tornado, and damaged structures and trees.


The Montgomery tornado traveled 17 miles from North Potomac to Burtonsville, downing trees that damaged homes and vehicles. It had maximum wind speeds of 75 mph.

More detailed information on the St. Mary's tornado was expected later Monday.


Tornadoes further south were more significant.

Two EF-1 tornadoes were confirmed in eastern Tennessee, while other twisters were reported in Northern Georgia.

No tornadoes were reported in Virginia or North Carolina, where the storms were expected to be most severe, however. The National Weather Service's Baltimore/Washington forecast office was surveying an additional area of potential tornado damage near Thornburg, Va., where it could add another confirmed twister.

Golf ball-sized hail was reported across that region, though, on par with the large hail seen in Carroll and Frederick counties.

The strongest winds associated with the storm were reported in Virginia, with a 78 mph gust recorded on Fisherman Island at the southern tip of the Delmarva peninsula and other 70+ mph gusts in Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky.

Maryland's highest wind gust was 68 mph near Stevensville, just over the Bay Bridge, with 63 mph in Rockville and 61 mph in St. Mary's.

An earlier version of this post misstated the day the storms occurred. The Sun regrets the error.