Relief effort begins after tornado hits Eastern Shore

Posted at 7:14 AM, Jul 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-25 13:34:21-04

Emergency officials said 38 homes without power as of Tuesday morning.

Crews are still working to clean up communities on the Eastern Shore that were hit by a tornado. The National Weather Service said a tornado touched down 1:30 a.m. Monday near Stevensville in Queen Anne's County.

Meteorologists said the tornado's wind speeds reached 125 miles per hour.


The storm downed trees, collapsed buildings and knocked out power to thousands in the Kent Island area. A hospital official says one injured man has been released.

Heavy rain was reported in the region, including nearly 7 1/2 inches in New Castle County, Delaware.

The Maryland Department of Transportation says it crews will continue assisting with cleanup efforts into the night. Maryland officials are also helping residents who were displaced because of the storm.

Emergency Services has set up water and ice for storm victims at Matapeake Elementary School in Stevensville. 

For those looking to help the tornado victims, the Oueen Anne's County Department of Emergency Services have officially set up a collection site at the Kent Island United Methodist Church.

The Maryland Emergency Management Agency is advising all those affected by the tornado to beware of scam artists looking to take advantage. 



ABC2 News contributed to this report.