The storms on June 3 left a trail of destruction across central Maryland. Numerous reports included flash flooding, large hail. And wind damage to trees and power lines.
The cluster of damage in the town of Jacksonville in Baltimore County, MD caught the attention fo the National Weather Service. They sent out a survey crew and determined there was an EF-1 Tornado with winds up to 95 mph. The storm was on the ground for 2 miles.
Report from NWS
See the detailed account below.
* THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT(S) AND PUBLICATION IN NWS STORM DATA. A SURVEY TEAM FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WEATHER FORECAST OFFICE IN STERLING, VA DETERMINED THAT AN EF-1 TORNADO OCCURRED ON THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 2021, BETWEEN 451-455 PM EDT IN JACKSONVILLE, MD. THE TORNADO INITIALLY TOUCHED DOWN JUST NORTH OF THE INTERSECTION OF MERRYMANS MILL RD AND JARRETTSVILLE PIKE, WHERE MINOR TREE DAMAGE AND SNAPPED TREE TOPS WERE OBSERVED. THE TORNADO CONTINUED MOVING NORTHEAST PRODUCING MORE SIGNIFICANT TREE DAMAGE AS IT MOVED EAST OF JARRETTSVILLE PIKE TOWARDS THE SOUTHERN END OF OVERSHOT COURT. THE MOST EXTENSIVE TREE DAMAGE WAS NOTED ALONG OVERSHOT COURT WHERE MULTIPLE HARDWOOD AND SOFTWOOD TREES WERE UPROOTED AND SNAPPED. ABOUT 100 TREES WERE DAMAGED ON OVERSHOT COURT, WITH MANY UPROOTED TREES FALLING IN A CONVERGENT, CROSSING MANNER AND POINTED TO THE WEST-TO-NORTH...GENERALLY ALONG AND LEFT OF THE TORNADO TRACK. AT AT LEAST 20 HARDWOOD TREES RANGING IN DIAMETER BETWEEN 10 AND 20 INCHES WERE SNAPPED OFF ABOUT 10 FEET ABOVE THE GROUND. SOME OF THE UPROOTED TREES ALSO FELL TOWARDS THE EAST. A HOUSE ON OVERSHOT COURT HAD SIDING DAMAGE, LOST A PORTION OF ITS EAVE ON THE NORTHEAST SIDE OF THE HOUSE, HAD A SHUTTER BLOWN OFF, AND A FLAGPOLE BLOWN DOWN. SIDING FROM THIS HOUSE WAS FOUND 120 YARDS TO THE NORTHWEST OF THE HOUSE. EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS WERE TAKEN FROM SEVERAL RESIDENTS ALONG OVERSHOT COURT AND ALL RELATED TO A SIMILAR STORY OF RELATIVELY QUIET CONDITIONS FOLLOWED BY A LOUD AND INCESSANT ROARING SOUND, WITH REDUCED VISIBILITY DUE TO HEAVY RAIN AND SWIRLING WINDS. ONE RESIDENT TEXTED THAT THEY ENTERED THEIR BASEMENT WHEN THEY HEARD THE LOUD ROAR, WITH THE TIMESTAMP OF THAT TEXT BEING 4:57 PM EDT. ALL RESIDENTS NOTED THE DAMAGE OCCURRED QUICKLY LASTING WELL LESS THAN ONE MINUTE. AS THE TORNADO MOVED NORTHEAST, IT CROSSED WOODED AREAS SOUTH OF THE CARROLL MANOR RECREATION COUNCIL BUILDING ON ROUTE 145, WHERE LIMITED TREE DAMAGE WAS NOTED. NO DAMAGE WAS NOTED ALONG FOX RUN COURT, BUT AS IT CROSSED THE 14000 BLOCK OF BLENHEIM ROAD, SEVERAL TREES WERE DAMAGED ALONG WITH SEVERAL UPROOTED AND SEVERAL TOPPED. ONE LARGE 2 FOOT DIAMETER TREE WAS UPROOTED AND FACING WEST, WHILE A TRAMPOLINE FROM A RESIDENCE WAS BLOWN OVER 200 YARDS TO THE EAST, AND SEVERAL SOFTWOOD PINE TREES WERE SNAPPED. THE LARGE UPROOTED TREE DAMAGED A SECTION OF A COVERED PORCH. THE TORNADO PRODUCED ONLY MINOR TREE DAMAGE AS IT MOVED NORTHEAST, AND MAY HAVE LIFTED BRIEFLY AS IT CROSS SWEET AIR ROAD JUST WEST OF MANOR ROAD. AS THE TORNADO CROSSED MANOR ROAD JUST NORTH OF SWEET AIR ROAD, MINOR TREE DAMAGE WAS NOTED MAINLY TO A FEW LARGE TREE BRANCHES DOWN. FURTHER TO THE NORTHEAST, THE TORNADO PRODUCED TREE DAMAGE TO A RESIDENCE AT THE END OF CREMSON DRIVE OFF OF MANOR ROAD. A LARGE HARDWOOD TREE ABOUT 20 INCHES IN DIAMETER WAS TWISTED OFF 10 FEET UP FROM THE GROUND. A RESIDENT AT THIS LOCATION DESCRIBED HEARING A LOUD SOUND AKIN TO A FREIGHT TRAIN AND OBSERVED THE TORNADO CAUSE THE AFOREMENTIONED DAMAGE. THE RESIDENT NOTED HE WAS IN HIS BASEMENT BECAUSE OF A TORNADO WARNING, WITH THE DAMAGE OCCURRING 5 MINUTES AFTER HIS PHONE HAD ALERTED HIM TO THE TORNADO WARNING. NO FURTHER DAMAGE WAS NOTED TO THE NORTHEAST OF THE LOCATION ON CREMSON DRIVE, AND THE TORNADO LIKELY LIFTED BEFORE CROSSING MAPLE RIDGE COURT. EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES: EF0.........65 TO 85 MPH EF1.........86 TO 110 MPH EF2.........111 TO 135 MPH EF3.........136 TO 165 MPH EF4.........166 TO 200 MPH EF5.........>200 MPH
This same storm crossed over to Harford County, where this video appears to show another developing tornado in Forest Hill. I have been in touch with NWS and they may send another crew out to investigate this as well.
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