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Storm topples trees in Howard County

Posted at 9:52 PM, Jun 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-23 07:35:04-04

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — In Howard County, trees were dropping all over.

Much of the damage coming on Frederick Road and the neighborhoods tucked away off of it.

“The wind was so intense that’s all you could hear,” said Andy Nellius. “I’ve never been in a tornado before that was the closest thing. I didn’t hear trees crunching or anything.”

Nellius said he couldn’t even hear the massive tree falling down onto his neighbors house on Macalpine Road.

“I went outside to clear the stairwell from leaves and debris that build up whenever you get rain like this. As soon I opened the door with my broom in my hand there was a whoosh of wind and I could barely hold the door open.”

Sadly the people that lived just moved in a month ago— but thankfully they are okay.

“I went and I was looking in everybody’s windows and I made eye contact with our neighbor and she gave me the double thumbs up that she was okay so,” Nellius said.

A tree on Chatham Road not only destroyed the front half of this driveway but it also broke a water main, so now they’ve got water running all through their yard.

“I just heard this big like cracking sound and I looked out the window and it just fell,” said Ellie Heinz.

Heinz said the tree fell next to her driveway after the storm— she and her family were driving home during part of it.

“When we were driving a tree got struck by lightning right next to us and that was really scary,” Heinz said.

A nearby church had two of its large tents mangled and crushed.

Property destroyed but thankfully it’s damage that can be repaired.

“It’s always in the back of your mind when you live in this neighborhood now when is this the next big storm going to come and flood your house or Old Ellicott City down the street,” said Nellius.

Crews will work through the night to open roads back up as neighbors help each other pick up the pieces.