NWS Confirms Wednesday Night Tornado in Middle River

-photo courtesy of Bowleys Quarters Volunteer Fire Rescue and Marine-

The National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington reported five tornados in Maryland, including a tornado in the Middle River area on Wednesday. Here is the full report for that tornado:

The National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington Forecast Office staff conducted a ground survey of storm damage that occurred in southeast Baltimore County on Wednesday, June 5.

NWS Doppler Weather Radar in Sterling, Virginia showed a rotating thunderstorm that developed a tornado based on the survey.

The circulation developed just to the south of Essex at 8:43 p.m. before racing north and strengthening toward Martin State Airport around 8:57 p.m.

This is where a notable debris signature started to show up on radar as the storm pushed north-northeast.

This signature was confirmed with ground reports of multiple mobile homes damaged in the Williams Estates area in Bowleys Quarters as the strongest winds pushed through.

The damage path was fairly narrow and short lived. Most of the damage included the removal of underpinning from several single and double wide mobile homes in the Williams Estates community.

This included several mobile homes along Wagon Train Road and Roundup Road as well as Cowhide Circle. Carports, sheds, and even a trampoline were tossed around the neighborhood as well. Several trees were also snapped and turned in several different directions along Roundup Road and Cowhide Circle.

The most notable damage was between Dahlia Lane and Roundup Road. This where the height of the circulation looks to take place right around 8:58 p.m.

Within this area there were two double wide mobile homes with significant damage. One of the mobile homes had underpinning removed from two sides of the building with the windows completely blown out and a shed tossed 50 yards in the opposite direction from its foundation.

The resident who owns this home had roughly 30 seconds of video showing the tornado as it passed through. He recalled a loud boom which was most likely the shed being tossed from the foundation to the other side of the residence.

Pieces of the shed and other debris were impinged into the side of the mobile home as well. The neighboring double wide mobile home was also missing a majority of its underpinning along with several shingles and shingle material off the roof of the structure. Strapping on both units appeared to be secured with no other distinct structural damage to be observed.

Beyond this point, the tornado continued toward Roundup Road and Cowhide Circle where the path widened. Much of the same damage was noted, but to a lesser extent with underpinning and shingles removed from several mobile homes in the area.

The tornado continued toward the back of Cowhide Circle where it eventually lifted. No additional damage was found beyond this point nor any injuries reported.

The National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington Forecast Office would like to thank the Baltimore County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for providing helpful information and assisting in the survey.


Middle River MD Tornado… Rating: EF-1 Estimated Peak Wind: 105 MPH Path Length /statute/: 0.2 Miles Path Width /maximum/: 110 yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start Date: June 05 2024 Start Time: 8:57 PM EDT Start Location: Middle River Start Lat/Lon: 39.34 -76.40 End Date: June 05 2024 End Time: 8:58 PM EDT End Location: Middle River End Lat/Lon: 39.34 -76.40

B.J. Joseph

Benjamin Joesph has covered news in Eastern Baltimore County since 2006. He started as a reporter with the original East County Times in 2006. He started East Baltco News and later Eastcountytimes.com in 2022.

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