Tornado tracks through southern Maryland Friday

WASHINGTON — The National Weather Service has determined that a weak tornado tracked across southern Maryland Friday afternoon. The tornado carved a narrow strip of sporadic tree and power line damage through central St. Mary’s County, and extreme southern Calvert County. There were no reported injuries.

The information released is considered preliminary but if it stands, it would be only the second time on record that a tornado has ever touched down in Maryland during the month of February.

The tornado tracked from Breton Bay through Medley’s Neck toward Route 5 around 12:23 p.m. At nearby Leonardtown High School, students were ordered to seek shelter.

The tornado crossed Saint Andrews Church Road where numerous trees and power lines were downed. A worker at the Coulombs Bus & Truck Services off Fairgrounds Road said the wind and rain was intense but only last for about four to ten minutes.

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