‘Train out of nowhere:’ Damages reported as storms roll through DC region

A Bowie, Maryland, neighborhood surveys the damage following a storm on July 5, 2022.

The National Weather Service is investigating a suspected tornado in Bowie, Maryland.

Neighbors in Bowie, Maryland, gather around a fallen tree after a storm Tuesday, July 5, 2022.

Storms damages reported after a suspected tornado in Bowie, Maryland, on Tuesday, July 5, 2022.

A storm topples a tree in Bowie, Maryland, on Tuesday, July 5, 2022.

A tree falls in Bowie, Maryland, following a severe storm on Tuesday, July 5, 2022.

A tree falls on top of a house after a severe storm on Tuesday, July 5, 2022.


A dry Fourth of July was followed by a stormy Tuesday afternoon in the D.C. area.

The National Weather Service issued tornado warnings in several Maryland counties. The weather service will be investigating possible tornadic activity in Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties.

There is visual evidence showing tell-tale signs of tornado damage in Bowie, a National Weather Service spokesman said. An investigation will confirm whether a tornado did touch down in the area.

In Shady Side, the spokesman said there was visual evidence of tornadic activity, and again, an investigation will be conducted on whether there was a tornado that passed by.

Localized flooding, hail, lightning and gusty winds struck the region, Storm Team4 Meteorologist Ryan Miller said. The storms moved out of the region by 8 p.m., but not before causing some damage to houses in the area.

Trishia Martinez was at home when a tree fell on her house.

It sounded like a “train out of nowhere,” and she said the tree almost hit her and her brother.

Martinez said that she could see the tree from inside the house, and it took out walls. The roof in that part of her house was also completely caved in and the fence was destroyed.

After a storm passed through one Bowie neighborhood, downing tree limbs and power lines, neighbors were pitching in with chainsaws trying to clear a large tree and debris at Sara and Shield lanes.

Bowie Mayor Tim Adams said damage assessment teams are checking several neighborhoods. Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks said the county’s emergency management team has responded to downed trees and utility damages in two Bowie neighborhoods.


On Wednesday, expect highs in the upper 90s in the afternoon, Miller said, along with another chance of showers and storms in the afternoon and evening.

Thursday and Friday could also see more storms rolling in as well, Miller said.

Tuesday night: Thunderstorms end after sunset. Partly cloudy and muggy overnight. Lows in the upper 60s to mid 70s.

Wednesday: Partly sunny, hot and humid. A chance of afternoon and evening thunderstorms. Highs around 90.

Thursday: Showers and thunderstorms, with highs in the mid to upper 80s.

Friday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, with highs in the mid to upper 80s.

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WTOP’s Rick Massimo and Abigail Constantino contributed to this report.

Valerie Bonk

Valerie Bonk started working at WTOP in 2016 and has lived in Howard County, Maryland, her entire life. She's thrilled to be a reporter for WTOP telling stories on air. She works as both a television and radio reporter in the Maryland and D.C. areas. 

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