7 twisters touched down in WV, VA and MD during a tornado outbreak, reports NWS – NBC4 Washington

Seven tornadoes touched down in West Virginia, Virginia and Maryland on Wednesday — an outbreak that left a path of trees and structural damage about 100 miles (160 kilometers) long and injured five people in Montgomery County, Maryland — the National Weather Service said in a preliminary report Thursday .

Five of the tornadoes came from a single storm, said Doug Kammerer, chief meteorologist for Storm Team4.

A powerful storm system spawned the destructive tornadoes, starting in Inwood, West Virginia, where an EF-0-rated twister touched down at 4:04 p.m. and traveled nearly a mile in four minutes, with an estimated peak strength of 75 mph. .

About two and a half hours later, an EF-1 tornado touched down in Leesburg, Virginia for a minute at 6:42 p.m., traveling a mile and reaching a force of 90 mph.

That storm continued into Montgomery County, where at 7:14 p.m. another EF-1 tornado traveled 12 miles from Poolesville to Gaithersburg before ending at 7:42 p.m. That tornado reached a force of 170 km/h and a width of 125 meters.

A young Gaithersburg family is facing mounting repair costs after a tornado damaged their home Wednesday. This is reported by Jackie Bensen of News4.

Dozens of trees were blown down or completely toppled by the torpedo boom, damaging homes and downing power lines. Widespread outages were reported.

Martin Perez was at home in Gaithersburg with his wife, daughter and two friends when the tornado struck and high winds caused a tree to fall on his house, splitting it in half. They were all rescued and taken to hospital.

“To see my daughter screaming, to see your family members scared, you are scared too. I was very scared,” Perez said Thursday after being released from the hospital.

“I am devastated to see my family suffering, to see my property and my home damaged,” he said.

The tornado likely caused millions of dollars in damage, said Earl Stoddard, director of the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security.

The storm then continued east toward Columbia, where it produced a 95 mph EF-1 tornado at 8:31 p.m. The twister traveled a mile in two minutes.

In southern Baltimore County, a fifth tornado struck at 8:45 p.m., traveling about two and a half miles in seven minutes. It rated EF-1 with peak winds of 170 km/h.

A few minutes later, another EF-1 touched down shortly northeast of the city of Baltimore in Middle River.

Finally, an EF-0 twister northwest of Baltimore in Carroll County traveled about four and a half miles for about 15 minutes before the outbreak ended.

Earl Stoddard, director of the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security (OEMHS), provides an update on the tornadoes that hit the county on Tuesday and advises residents to use caution as they clean up.

‘Nature can happen anytime, anywhere’

As Gaithersburg residents clean up the storm damage, some told News4 they will take the storm warnings more seriously next time.

“No matter where you live, nature can happen anytime, anywhere,” said one man.

Down the street, a neighbor echoed the sentiment.

“This was a big wake-up call. It was scary,” she said. “The wind was howling. It sounded like a freight train was passing through the house. I felt like we were Dorothy in ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ I had a feeling the house was going to take off.”

“Listen when they say tornado warning,” she added. “This was the real McCoy and it was very scary.”

After a tornado ripped through Gaithersburg, some residents said they would take more warnings more seriously. “No matter where you live, nature can happen anytime, anywhere,” one man told News4’s Joseph Olmo.

Be careful when cleaning up, Stoddard told residents, especially if using ladders.

If you see wires, call officials. Touching a live wire can be fatal.

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