April 9 2019

A tornado drill statement will be sent over NOAA Weather Radio at 9:45am on Wednesday April 10th. While it should not send the tone alert to weather radio, broadcast media, or phones in Maryland, it will offer a chance for Marylanders to test their tornado response.

That is the message from NOAA and I was careful to use the added word ‘should’. I have been in drill modes before where the message was sent out publicly by accident. On January 13, 2018 that was the case in Hawaii for a ballistic missile. You might remember that story when during a shift change during the drill a false message was sent to the public. It took 38 minutes until a second alert was sent stating it was a false alarm.  I was working at a TV station when the newsroom followed a story of an active shooter mistaking it as real when it was a police exercise.

Well, if you get message of a tornado Wednesday morning, please not that it is a planned drill as part of Maryland Severe Storm Awareness Week.

Maryland Statewide Tornado Drill

Wednesday April 10, 2019 at 9:45 AM

Maryland gets plenty of tornadoes

  • 27 reported in 2018
  • 21 was the record set in 2011
  • 10 in one day during an outbreak on June 1, 2012

The past decade has averaged 10 tornadoes per year in the state.


Recent Tornados in Maryland

November 2 2018: 2 Confirmed Tornadoes in Mt Airy and Baltimore

September 18, 2018: Tornado May Have Hit Cecil County

August 7 2017: EF 1 Tornado in Salisbury

Storm Damage Photos Around Baltimore County August 3 2017

Tornado Confirmed as EF2 on Kent Island July 24

July 15 Waterspout On Chesapeake Bay Video and 13 photos

Storm Photos April 6 2017

Waterspout video and pics: August 21 2016 storm over Chesapeake

Waterspout Spotted July 17 2015 Over Chesapeake By Bay Bridge (video)

Waterspout off Plum Point April 21 2105 

Tornado in Howard County On Video From June 21 2016


The most important thing to remember is to head to the lowest small interior room where you are – away from windows. Put as much “structure” as possible between you and the outside.



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