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Homes damaged, trees down after tornado sweeps through Howard County

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Posted at 11:11 PM, May 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-31 10:15:19-04

Driving through Howard County on Thursday afternoon, there were several trees down and roads closed. The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down in the Glenelg area of Howard County.

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When the storm passed, Gigi and Tom Curtis immediately started cleaning up the several trees down just on their property with the help of their friends. Gigi Curtis said there were a handful of people, along with four dogs, in their home when they heard the tornado alarm sound. She said her son had glass in his eye after a tree broke through their window, but he's okay.

Other residents nearby had a tree on their house and inside. Ron and his wife weren't at their home on Riverside Drive near Ellicott City at the time. They heard about the tornado warning while they were in Catonsville and decided to stay put.

"We just hunkered down where we were on Route 40. We just stayed there," said Ron.

He said getting home was a challenge since so many streets were closed and so many trees were down.

When they got home, their front porch was covered in tree limbs, making it hard for them to get to the front door, and a large tree branch went through the roof into one of their spare bedrooms.

"If one of us was in there, we'd be dead," said Ron.

He's just happy no one was hurt. Now, he's trying to keep his home as dry as possible.

"Water is coming down through several holes in the roof," said Ron.

He has to wait until Friday before someone can fix the damage.

There were some pretty rough storms throughout our area on Wednesday and Thursday. WMAR-2 News Meteorologist Erik Taylor said it's just been the perfect mixture of ingredients recently.

"It really is based upon cold air, hot air that clash. When we get that clash, we get that severe weather, and that’s like what we’re seeing outside right now," said Taylor.

The good news, Taylor said, is that the severe weather season, when it comes to tornadoes, is at it's peak. That means the threat will cut back when the heat comes back across the board. Then, he said, we'll just have regular thunderstorms and not so many tornado warnings or watches.

"The tornadoes come right through here were kind of Howard County’s tornado alley," said Tim Dobrowolsky, who lives on FawnHaven Court just off of Carroll Mills Road. He lives in a neighborhood where a massive tree fell in someone's front lawn and landed on a power box. Now, he said, he's not taking anymore chances.

"I'm tying to cut my trees down as fast as we can. I'm afraid they’re gonna fall down in the next storm," said Dobrowolsky. "When we first moved here we liked the trees, but now, with the weather, it’s becoming a liability."