This story has been updated.
One person was killed Friday night in a partial building collapse at an Amazon.com warehouse in Baltimore, as high winds swept through the Washington region. In addition, a Baltimore fire official said early Saturday that one person might be missing.
Structural damage was also reported at a shopping center in Mount Airy and elsewhere in the region as powerful winds accompanied an arriving cold front.
The collapse at the warehouse in southeast Baltimore could not be definitively attributed to Friday night’s storms, but “we did have some weather that came through about the time we got the calls,” said Chief Roman Clark, spokesman for the Baltimore fire department.
A wind gust of 71 mph was reported in the Hampstead area in Carroll County, and roofs were ripped off two apartment buildings in Baltimore County.
“We’re going to investigate tomorrow to determine if there was tornado damage,” said meteorologist Luis Rosa of the National Weather Service. Damage from a tornado, with rotating winds, creates a different pattern from that caused by straight-line winds.
Clark said damage to the Amazon warehouse involved a section of the outer wall measuring about 50 feet by 50 feet collapsing. An adjacent part of the roof also collapsed.
The warehouse is a long, flat-roofed structure on Holabird Avenue.
Clark said the person who died was found under heavy debris.
(Jeffrey P. Bezos, the founder and chief executive of Amazon.com, owns The Washington Post.)
Rosa said numerous reports of damage were arriving from the Mount Airy vicinity, where the storm apparently arrived about 8:20 p.m.
Mount Airy is about 35 miles west of Baltimore.
Gusts in the 40 mph range were measured at several locations in the region.
Tornado warnings were issued late Friday night for parts of Prince George’s County, Charles County and St. Mary’s County.
However, shortly before 11 p.m. the Weather Service reported a weakening in the storm that had prompted the warnings, which they said would expire at 11 p.m.