Tornado In Annapolis Today: On Wednesday afternoon, a tornado ripped through Anne Arundel County, wreaking havoc on homes and businesses in the Annapolis and Edgewater neighborhoods.
According to the National Weather Service, a tornado was verified in Annapolis about 2:15 p.m. on the radar as the remnants of Tropical Depression Ida made their way into Maryland.
As Ida moved through the state, it dumped heavy rain — 1.86 inches at BWI Marshall Airport between 2 and 7 p.m. — and caused localized flooding throughout the state during the afternoon. It was one of a handful of storms that hit the state. Another tornado touched down in Charles County on Wednesday evening, but forecasters with the National Weather Service were mum on the location and timing of the occurrence.
Many residents in the Edgewater neighborhood were compelled to flee for their lives, and a stretch of West Street on the outskirts of Annapolis had to be closed after the tornado caused significant damage to homes. Schools and businesses were also affected, as were utility poles and electric wires that were downed.
‘We’re taking our time picking up treasures from my parents’ property on Red Admiral Court in Edgewater,’ Katie Hall, the 43-year-old daughter of Debbie and Bruce Angevine, said. The tornado tore off the roof and destroyed much of the structure when no one was there, she and her family claimed.
When they returned to the house, Hall stated that they could tell it would have to be completely rebuilt.
”It’s a little difficult to comprehend how this could have been so bad,” she explained.
She claimed that a large number of goods were thrown from the house into a pond in the backyard. While they have been attempting to collect treasures from within the property itself, Hall stated that they have not been successful in doing so because the structure is structurally unstable and unsafe.
She described having a visceral reaction to the destruction done to her parent’s home, where they have lived for the previous six years when she was first emailed a photo of the damage.
In Hall’s words, “it was just one of those moments where the blood just drains from your head and you get this awful feeling in your stomach that makes you question whether this is actually happening.”
McLaughlin stated that they just had a few minutes because they had received a tornado warning on the phone only a minute or two before. He explained that they returned to work “since it generally doesn’t arrive.” However, when they looked outside, they noticed that “everything was just blowing through the air,” which they thought was strange. And it was at that point that we understood there was a tornado right next to us,” McLaughlin recalled the experience.
According to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, there have been reports of significant damage and downed trees from Central Avenue in Edgewater to West Street in Annapolis, but there have been no reports of injuries linked with the storm as of yet.