Wind in Edgewater tornado described as ‘ferocious’ – WTOP

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Edgewater tornado trees sheered
The tops of trees were sheered off when a tornado touched down in Anne Arundel County’s Edgewater area. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)

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roof damage after tornado in Edgewater
Shingles were ripped off roofs in Edgewater after a tornado ripped through. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)

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Edgewater tornado damage
A tornado touched down in Edgewater, Maryland, leaving behind damage. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)

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tornado damage near Annapolis
Trees and power lines are left scattered near the site where a tornado touched down near South River Bridge near Annapolis.

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High winds sent a poplar tree into a house near Annapolis Thursday.

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A view of Thursday’s storm system looking east toward Prince George’s County from D.C.

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Cleanup will continue Friday in Edgewater after a tornado touched down Thursday evening in the Anne Arundel County, Maryland, neighborhood, and power crews will work to restore electricity in the area.

“The wind was ferocious,” resident Robin Ward told WTOP.

“I can’t remember when I’ve ever seen lightning so fierce and intense,” said Ward, who lives in the community of about 100 people off Virginia Avenue and Solomons Island Road in Edgewater.

“We can’t even get out of the neighborhood … There are big trees that are uprooted and down, and electrical poles that the tops are sheered off and wires are down. It’s bad,” she said.

The National Weather Service confirmed the twister at 5:58 p.m., just south of South River.

The weather service just after 6 p.m. said the tornado was moving east toward the Bay Bridge and advised everyone in the area to take cover.

No serious injuries were reported.

“I’ve never been through anything like it,” said resident Dan Clune. “The wind was blowing real good too.”

The tornado tore off siding and shingle along Maryland Route 2 just south of the South River bridge. And it toppled sheds and play equipment.

The National Weather Service will send out a survey team Friday afternoon to survey the damage, said National Weather Service meteorologist Cody Ledbetter.

“Right now, all we know at this point is it just there was some damage in the area and it matched up pretty well with a tornado tornado debris signature on the radar,” said Ledbetter.

Once the survey team looks at the damage, it will be able to assess how powerful the tornado was and give it a rating. Torndoes are rated on a scale of F0 to F5, with F0 causing the least damage.

As of 6 a.m., there were almost 3,800 homes and businesses without electricity in Anne Arundel County.

In addition to Anne Arundel County, tornado warnings were issued in Carroll, Howard, Montgomery, Baltimore and Prince George’s counties Thursday afternoon.

After Thursday’s heavy rains and fierce winds, the D.C. region should see a beautiful weekend ahead.


  • Friday: Partly to mostly sunny. Highs in the mid- to upper 80s.
  • Saturday: Sunny and very pleasant with low humidity. Highs around 80.
  • Sunday: Mostly sunny skies. Highs in the low 80s.
  • Monday: Mostly sunny and continued pleasant. Highs in the mid 80s.

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WTOP’s Dave Dildine contributed to this report.