SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado briefly struck Salisbury, Maryland, on Monday afternoon.

Meteorological technician James Foster said in a phone interview Tuesday that the tornado was powered by winds of up to 105 mph. National Weather Service experts arrived Tuesday to assess the damage.

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - The National Weather Service says the storm that blew through Salisbury, Maryland, was most likely a tornado.

Meteorologist Mike Dutter said Monday that the service will make an official confirmation on Tuesday when officials inspect the damage.

Eyewitnesses said trees were split and cars were overturned. Homes and buildings were also damaged. No injuries had been reported Monday afternoon.

Dutter said the National Weather Service had issued a severe thunderstorm warning with the possibility of a tornado.

STEVENSVILLE, Md. (AP) - A Maryland county is hosting a disaster assistance center in response to damage from this week's tornado.

The Queen Anne's County Department of Emergency Services will open Thursday and stay open through next Thursday.

It will be located at Matapeake Elementary School.

The center is a central place for people who were affected by the tornado on Kent Island to receive information on relief programs. The Maryland Insurance Agency will be available along with multiple county and state agencies to offer assistance to residents and businesses.

STEVENSVILLE, Md. (AP) - Officials say they've completed house-to-house searches after a tornado touched down on Maryland's Eastern Shore and didn't find anyone trapped or in danger.

Queen Anne's County spokeswoman Elizabeth Malasky said by telephone Tuesday morning that officials didn't find anyone in trouble. Only one minor injury was reported Monday after a storm roared through communities east of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

STEVENSVILLE, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials worked into the night to help clean up communities on the Eastern Shore that were hit by a tornado.

The National Weather Service say a tornado touched down 1:30 a.m. Monday near Stevensville in Queen Anne's County. Meteorologists say the tornado's wind speeds reached 125 miles per hour.

The storm downed trees, collapsed buildings and knocked out power to thousands in the Kent Island area. A hospital official says one injured man has been released.

There was a tornado in Sussex County on Monday.

The National Weather Service says it was an EF-0 which tripped trees out of the ground and damaged building near Greenwood.

The federal agency says the tornado touched down near Route 13 between the Nanticoke River and the intersection of Sugar Hill Road and St. Johnstown Road and headed northeast for around a half a mile.

Damage included the end of a warehouse at Delaware Electric Cooperative blowing out two large garage doors along with overturning some trailers.

Delaware Electric Cooperative has restored power to most of its members after last night’s storm put nearly 2-thousand homes in the dark.

WBOC reports that they worked all night to do so even as the storm damaged several of the buildings at the cooperative’s headquarters.

The structures held electrical equipment.

Two trailers were also reported to have been blown over.

No injuries were reported.

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.

BALTIMORE (AP) - Thousands of people in Maryland are without power after powerful storms ripped through the state.

Baltimore Gas and Electric was reporting more than 15,000 customers without power late Tuesday. Nearly 10,000 of those outages were in Howard County. Power had 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.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is preparing to hold a statewide test of its tornado warning systems.

The annual tornado drill is being held Tuesday by the Virginia Department of Emergency management and the National Weather Service.

The drill begins at 9:45 a.m. with a test tornado warning sent by the weather service to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration Weather Radios. That system will sound a tone alert and show a test message to simulate what people would hear or see during an actual tornado warning.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The National Weather Service in Blacksburg says a tornado that carved a path through Appomattox County on Wednesday had estimated winds of up to 165 mph.

Meteorologists on Thursday rated the twister an EF3 and said it was on the ground for 13 miles, damaging more than 100 homes. Its width was 400 yards.

Appomattox County was among three localities that sustained the greatest damage from Wednesday's series of twisters that raked the state. It also recorded one death.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - One day after Virginia was battered by at least one tornado, Gov. Terry McAuliffe is heading out to three of the hardest-hit regions of the state to assess the destruction.
McAuliffe's first stop Thursday is Appomattox, where one of the state's four storm deaths was recorded. A funnel cloud left an 8- to 10-mile path of debris, injuring seven people.
McAuliffe's next stop is Waverly, where three people were killed as a tornado carved a 5-mile path of destruction.

WAVERLY, Va. (AP) - Storm systems have brought severe weather to the East Coast and the Midwest.

Tornadoes killed four people and left a path of destruction in Virginia, the hardest-hit state. Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller says a 2-year-old child and two men, ages 50 and 26, were killed in the town of Waverly during the storm.

Police say a funnel cloud left an 8- to 10-mile path of destruction in In Appomattox County, Virginia, where one man was killed.

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - The National Weather Service is confirming that a small tornado struck southern Frederick County on Saturday. No injuries were reported from the storm.
The agency said Monday night that the twister was an EF-0 tornado with a maximum wind speed of 65 mph. Its path was 1.5 miles long and up 75 yards wide.
The weather service says the tornado touched down at 7:39 p.m. in far southern Frederick County near the intersection of state routes 28 and 85.

It’s been eleven days since a tornado touched down at Cherrystone Campground on the Virginia Eastern Shore killing two and leaving 36 injured.

Now, area residents say they saw a waterspout yesterday near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.

The Salisbury Daily Times says the reports came in around noon and resulted in the bridge being closed temporarily.

None of the bridge-tunnel employees could make a visual confirmation but the National Weather Service did say radar showed some type of disturbance.

There were no reports of injuries or property damage.

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CAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) - The Northampton County Sheriff's Office says the Eastern Shore campground that was struck by a tornado, resulting in two deaths may reopen soon.

The sheriff's office released a statement on Tuesday saying the Cherrystone Campground on the Chesapeake Bay is expected to reopen on Friday morning.

The 14 year old who was injured when a tornado ripped through the Cherrystone Campground last week is now in a coma at a Hampton Roads hospital.

Lheandrew Balabat’s two parents were killed when a tree fell on their tent.

He survived when a tree also struck his nearby tent.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that his brother confirmed his condition.

His two younger sisters ages 12 and 7 have been treated and are now back in New Jersey.

A total of 36 people were injured from the tornado.

A massive tornado ripped through the Cherrystone Campground on the Virginia Eastern Shore yesterday leaving two dead and 36 injured.

The category EF 1 tornado produced enough wind to blow over a tractor-trailer on Route 13.

Hail and wind also damaged fields and broke limbs that slammed into homes and cars.

A Virginia State Police said that a married couple Lord Balatbat and Lolabeth Ortega from New Jersey – both 38 years old – were killed when a tree fell on their tent.

Virginia State Police say at least two people have been confirmed dead and at least 20 people injured in Cherrystone Campground in Cheriton this morning after a storm moved through the area in Northampton County.

County Sheriffs and EMS teams are on their way to the scene with all those who were injured being taken to nearby hospitals.

There were also rescue squads from Virginia Beach, who met with Eastern Shore ambulances at the visitor’s center plaza on the northern end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel to take some of the injured to get medical care.

MARYDEL, Del. (AP) - Utilities are reporting fewer than 100 customers in Delaware still without power a morning after a storm's damaging winds damaged dozens of homes and injured two people.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for the area from 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., but it has not confirmed that a tornado touched down.

Faulkner said two adults were taken to Kent General Hospital in Dover. He did not describe the extent of their injuries. He says no one is reported missing, and no one is trapped in a damaged structure.


NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down in New Castle County.

Jim Bunker, observing program leader with the Weather Service office in Mount Holly, N.J., said Tuesday that an EF0 tornado touched down about 4:45 p.m. Monday near Newark.

EF0 is the lowest indicator on the tornado scale. Such a tornado has winds of up to 85 mph.

No injuries were reported, but dozens of homes were damaged, trees were uprooted, and power lines were downed.



Cleaning crews and insurance adjusters were out yesterday to deal with the aftermath a small tornado that struck the Camden development in Delaware Monday afternoon.  

The National Weather Service has confirmed there was a tornado carrying 85-mile-per-hour winds.

While it was the lowest rated tornado but left behind 215 yards of damage and 35 yards wide.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the tornado touched down near Dawson lane in the Barclay Farms subdivision.

Six homes suffered serious structural damage and were declared uninhabitable.

For the second time this week yesterday funnel clouds were seen in Accomack County.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that around a half a dozen residents called 911 who said they saw a large waterspout in the Guard Shore area late in the morning.

There were other sightings from Bayside Road near Parksley to NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.

Accomack County director of Public Safety C. Ray Pruitt told the paper that a waterspout came ashore in a marshy area but dissipated without causing damage.

There was also a tornado warning in Accomack yesterday.