- The Washington Times - Friday, September 29, 2006

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Storms with lots of rain and strong wind swept across the region last night, and the National Weather Service said they apparent-ly spawned a tornado in Anne Arundel County.

Meteorologist Luis Rosa said there were several reliable tornado reports in Severna Park, Md. He said considering the significant damage reported and indications of a tornado on radar, it is likely that a tornado touched down there.

Meteorologists will go to the area today to investigate the damage to confirm whether it was done by a tornado that touched down.

Anne Arundel Emergency Operations Center spokeswoman Pam Jordan said there were two touchdowns — one on either side of Cattail Creek.

She said about 20 houses were damaged by falling trees, and five of them are uninhabitable. One person was taken to a hospital with a non-serious injury.

Mr. Rosa said there were downed trees throughout Anne Arundel County and reports of damage in Howard and Prince George’s counties, but no indication of tornadoes there.

Prince George’s County Fire Department spokesman Mark Brady said a neighborhood in Bowie bore the worst damage, with about two dozen homes incurring minor-to-moderate structural damage. He said there were no reports of injuries.

Some areas received up to 4 inches of rain, with most of it falling in an hour, and winds were clocked at more than 40 mph.

The storms also knocked out power, with Dominion Virginia Power reporting 10,000 outages after the worst had moved east. Baltimore Gas and Electric had 9,000 outages, and Potomac Electric Power Co. about 8,000.

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