An intense thunderstorm squall line raced through the metro region between 3:30 and 5:30 a.m. producing powerful winds and torrential rain. But as the storms passed by at a stunning 60-80 mph clip, the worst of the weather was in and out of most areas in about 10-15 minutes. Five tornado warnings, five severe thunderstorm warnings and four special marine warnings were issued by the National Service (NWS) as the storms tore through.
The tornado warnings were issued for Prince George’s, Anne Arundel, Charles, St. Mary’s and Calvert counties.
So far, no reports of actual tornadoes have been confirmed and reports of wind damage have been scattered as opposed to widespread. The NWS logged eight reports of thunderstorm wind gusts that reached severe limits of at least 58 mph, and about 15 reports of damage across the region. Peak wind gusts were in the 60-65 mph range over land, with a couple reports of gusts to 65-70 mph from buoys over the Chesapeake Bay.
The squall line was associated with a weather system that produced 1100+ severe weather reports across the Midwest and East Coast in the last 24 hours, the most reports in a 24-hour period since at least the year 2000 according to the Weather Channel.
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