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Issued by NWS Mt. Holly, NJ

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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ
621 PM EDT Mon Jul 24 2017


Location...Bay City and Stevensville in Queen Anne`s County
Estimated Time...0129 AM EDT  to 1:33 AM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF2
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...125 mph
Maximum Path Width...150 yards
Path Length...2.37 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...38.9665, -76.3468
Ending lat/Lon...38.9757, -76.3047
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...1

* 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 in Mount Holly NJ has confirmed a
tornado near Stevensville in Queen Anne`s County Maryland on

A waterspout developed over the Chesapeake Bay between Annapolis
and Stevensville, Maryland just south of the Chesapeake Bay
Bridge as estimated by radar velocity from the Baltimore-
Washington Airport Terminal Doppler Weather Radar. The waterspout
moved ashore at 129 AM in the Bay City Area of Kent Island and
then traveled northeast toward Stevensville, Maryland where it
lifted at 133 AM after being on the ground for about 2 miles.

Maximum winds were estimated at 125 mph which makes this an EF2
tornado. Several wood framed townhomes had the upper floors
entirely lifted off along with the roof; several other homes had
either roofs lifted off and tossed or received other damage. One
business was destroyed. There was one injury to a person who was
punctured by debris. In addition, there were trees and power
lines down  and some gas leaks were reported along with a
structure fire to a home.

The damage path began on Bayside Drive near Bay City and Stafford
roads in Bay City. A boat was lifted inland from shore and several
trees were snapped or downed from the tornado. Additional trees
were uprooted and torn apart on Buckingham and MC Kay roads. The
tornado make a S like motion back to the northwest completely
destroying a home at the intersection of Zaidee and Chenowith
drives. A large amount of debris was thrown southeast of the
tornado path. The tornado then resumed a northeast movement and
damaged a roof and snapped trees at the intersection of Victoria
Drive and Irene way. Further northwest on route 8, a produce
stand was destroyed.

The tornado briefly lifted before impacting a series of townhomes
near Kent Manor drive and Ellendale Blvd. Several townhomes were
destroyed entirely. Also, Several of the townhomes had sides of
the structures blown out. The tornado skipped again then damaged
some roofs near Creekside Commons CT and Butterworth CT. A roof
was torn off of a church along Thompson Creek Rd in addition to
destroying a warehouse. Trees were also downed and uprooted at
this location as well. The tornado skipped one last time across
route 50 and made a final touchdown in the Stevensville Cemetery.
Several trees were downed along with wires down. Metal power
poles were also blown off their foundations on route 18.

We would like to thank the County Emergency Management along with
the local volunteer fire department in Queen Anne`s County for
their coordination and assistance in conducting this survey.

This information can also be found on our website at

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

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