BALTIMORE (AP) - Several thousand people are still without power in Maryland's Howard County after powerful storms ripped through the state.
Baltimore Gas and Electric was reporting more than 5,000 customers without power statewide as of 7 a.m. Wednesday. Most of those, about 4,500, were in Howard County. Weather service officials have confirmed a tornado touched down in the county, downing power lines and uprooting trees.
Meteorologists say that over about 20 minutes the tornado traveled nearly 13 miles east. Officials said the tornado left a path of debris as wide as 500 yards.
Power has already been restored at thousands of customers that briefly lost power Tuesday.
The storms brought high winds, hail and heavy rain to Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C.