Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Sterling, VA
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Public Information Statement...CORRECTED ENDING LONGITUDE
National Weather Service Baltimore MD/Washington DC
1229 PM EDT WED JUN 22 2016
...Tornado Confirmed in West-Central Howard County MD...
Location...West-central Howard County MD
Date...June 21 2016
Estimated Time...1:29 PM TO 1:48 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF0
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...80 MPH
Maximum path width...500 Yards
Path Length...12.75 Miles
* The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event(s) and publication in
NWS Storm Data.
The National Weather Service, Baltimore-Washington DC Weather
Forecast Office, conducted a survey of storm damage that occurred in
western Howard County Maryland from severe storms that struck that
county shortly after 1 pm EDT on Tuesday, June 21, 2016.
Preliminary results: a tornado rated EF0 with estimated max winds of
80 mph...tracked 12.75 miles across portions of western and central
Howard county. Max path width was up to 500 yards. The tornado
lasted from approximately 129 PM EDT until it lifted at 148 PM EDT.
Tree damage from thunderstorm downburst (straight-line) winds was
noted as far west as Schafferville Rd, between Long Corner Rd and
Initial tornado touchdown was established near the intersection of
Old Annapolis Road and St. Michaels Road just southwest of Lisbon at
129 PM EDT. Properties there sustained tree damage with multiple
trees snapped, uprooted, and topped in multiple directions. A large
garage had its doors bowed by the wind. Small objects were lofted.
The tornado continued towards the southeast, passing through the
areas of Glenwood and Glenelg, before lifting just before Ellicott
City in the vicinity of Manor Lane and Carroll Mill Road. Along its
path, the tornado caused nearly continuous tree damage, with large
trees and tree branches snapped, uprooted, and topped in multiple
directions. The trees downed many power lines and blocked multiple
roads. Some trees and large branches fell on homes and garages.
There were a few instances of minor roofing damage from the wind,
but largely home damage was limited to tree falls. Several small
outbuildings were either damaged or destroyed.
Minor wind damage from strong thunderstorm winds continued southeast
into Ellicott City, but no tornado damage was found.
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For reference...the Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes
into the following categories:
EF0...wind speeds 65 to 85 mph.
EF1...wind speeds 86 to 110 mph.
EF2...wind speeds 111 to 135 mph.
EF3...wind speeds 136 to 165 mph.
EF4...wind speeds 166 to 200 mph.
EF5...wind speeds greater than 200 mph.