Tornado touches down in Maryland during Friday morning storm: NWS

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Isabel Hughes - Delaware News Journal


Though Friday morning's quick-moving storm didn't produce any tornadoes in Delaware, just across the state line in Elkton, Maryland, a small twister touched down, National Weather Service officials said late Friday evening.


According to a report issued at about 7:45 p.m., an EF-1 tornado with wind speeds of 100 mph "briefly touched down" near the Elk Mills Quarry in Cecil County. An EF-1 is the second-lowest tornado classification and considered "weak"; the lowest is EF-0, and the most intense is EF-5.


EF-5 tornadoes are considered "violent," and have wind speeds of more than 200 mph.


Elkton's tornado "uprooted and snapped numerous softwood trees" near the intersection of Elk Mills Road, Appleton Road and Fletchwood Road, the National Weather Service report said. "A few" other trees were also uprooted or snapped by peoples' homes.


The tornado then passed over "some industrial buildings," and moved toward the Pine Hill Apartment complex. There, "numerous" pine trees were felled, the National Weather Service said.


The twister then dissipated.

"Thankfully, no significant structural damage occurred and no injuries or fatalities occurred as a result of this tornado," weather officials said.


The tornado is believed to have touched down shortly before 9:45 a.m., according to the report. The National Weather Service at 9:39 a.m. had issued a tornado warning, the second most serious form of tornado alert.


Warnings are issued if a tornado has been spotted or if radar indicates a tornado is occurring or could happen soon. 


While the National Weather Service said no tornadoes touched down in Delaware, shortly after the warning sounded, rain began pounding New Castle County.


Heavy winds also swept through the area, and reports began coming in over radio scanners of trees and power lines down.


At least one tree went into a house on Brewster Drive in Newark, and fire officials were dispatched to a number of other calls in the Prices Corner/Elsmere area.


A partially uprooted tree also tipped onto a home on West Redwood Avenue near Stanton.


Shortly before 11 a.m., Delaware State Police tweeted that I-495 at the Pennsylvania state line was shut down because of a tree in the road. All traffic was being diverted onto I-95.


Send story tips or ideas to Isabel Hughes at ihughes@delawareonline.com or 302-324-2785. For all things breaking news, follow her on Twitter at @izzihughes

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