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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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