A car was flipped during a storm, possibly a tornado, in Salisbury, Md., on Monday. (Tommy McManus via Twitter)

(This story, originally posted Monday afternoon, was updated Tuesday afternoon to note the tornado was confirmed by the National Weather Service.)

A tornado swept through Salisbury, Md., about 1:40 p.m. Monday, flipping cars, tearing down trees and utility poles and damaging buildings.

The National Weather Service office in Wakefield, Va., said it received numerous damage reports near Salisbury University along South Salisbury Boulevard (Route 13).

Radar indicated a rotating thunderstorm passing over Salisbury just after 1:30 p.m., and a student at Salisbury University posted a video on Twitter showing an apparent tornado on the ground (which has been since taken down).


Radar image from 1:37 p.m. showing rotating thunderstorm just south of Salisbury. Red indicates winds blowing away from the radar, and green indicates winds blowing toward the radar. Red and green next to each other delineate what is known as a “velocity couplet,” which can signal a tornado. (RadarScope)

In the aftermath, photos emerged on social media showing cars overturned at a shopping center and damage to buildings:

A strong storm flipped cars and caused damage in Salisbury, Md. on Aug. 7. (Franny Clark/Twitter)

Salisbury police posted to Twitter that so far no injuries had been reported.

No tornado warning was issued for the storm; a severe thunderstorm warning was issued at 1:37 p.m. for the affected region (central Wicomico County); however, that is about the same time the storm damage was happening.

The storms occurred as a powerful weather system moved through the Mid-Atlantic states, producing heavy rainfall and the potential for severe thunderstorms in Southern Maryland and the southern Delmarva.

On Tuesday, the National Weather Service confirmed the resulting damage was, in fact, caused by a tornado. It rated the tornado at the EF1 intensity on the 0-5 EF scale and determined its peak winds were around 1o5 mph.

This is the second damaging tornado to strike Maryland in the past two weeks. On July 24, an EF-2 tornado ripped through Stevensville, Md., causing significant damage to homes.

More images of the storm damage …