Tuesday Storms Cause Cancellations, Delays, Outages and Wind Damage
Wind gusts in some places reached up to 60 miles per hour, according to weather data.
Severe weather in Maryland Tuesday brought rain, a brief tornado warning, thousands of power outages and wind gusts in some places up to 60 miles per hour.
But, overall, it appears Maryland left this storm relatively unscathed with minor wind-related damage reported across the state.
BGE officials said in a news release that the company had restored power to nearly 7,000 customers as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, but warned that additional outages are possible with storms expected to continue through Tuesday evening and early Wednesday.
As of 7:55 p.m. Tuesday, about 6,300 BGE customers across the state were without power, with many of those located in Baltimore and Harford counties.
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At one point Tuesday, thunderstorm wind gusts reached between 50 and 60 miles per hour in Columbia, according to National Weather Service data.
The National Weather Service placed a tornado watch through much of Maryland during the day Tuesday, but lifted it Tuesday evening.
A tornado warning was issued briefly for Northern Prince George’s County Tuesday afternoon, reported Greenbelt Patch, but NWS data shows no known tornadoes that touched down Tuesday.
Damage reports across Maryland, according to National Weather Service Storm Prediction data, include:
- A tree branch that fell into telephone wires in Middleburg in Carroll County.
- Tree limbs across the road in New Carrollton in Carroll County.
- Utility lines down on Salem Bottom Road at the intersection of Sondie Drive in Westminster.
- A pear tree split in half by thunderstorm winds on Oella Avenue in Baltimore.
Severe weather also caused several inconveniences Tuesday.
Most MARC trains were delayed between 30 and 60 minutes due to weather-related signal issues and speed restrictions on the Penn Line between Washington and BWI, according to the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA).
The MTA also said a tree fell on the tracks along the Brunswick Line, which experienced flash flooding, causing additional delays.
Travelers flying through BWI experienced delays in the afternoon, the airport posted to its official Twitter account, stating: "Northeast airports from Boston to DC, including BWI Marshall, are experiencing weather delays."
Also, while the storm was traveling across the region, a crash on I-695 between Washington Boulevard and I-95 closed all lanes of the Outer Loop between 2 and 3 p.m., according to @MD511. Two people were taken to shock trauma, according to Arbutus Patch.