Yesterday we were tracking severe thunderstorms rolling through our area--and one of those storms produced a tornado that rolled through Edgewater, MD. In the above imagery, you can see areas of green and red... Green represents winds blowing towards the radar site and red winds blowing away from the site. That's how we can determine if a thunderstorm is rotating. The tighter the cuplet--the more likely we have a funnel cloud stretching towards the ground-- and when a funnel makes contact with the ground it is then a tornado.
The National Weather Service sent out a team of meteorologists to Anne Arundel County this morning to check out the damage and they have rated the tornado as an EF-1 tornado with estimated winds near 90mph. While on the ground for a little over 6 miles it left a trail of damage-- from downed trees near the intersection of Edgewater Drive and Park Avenue, just north of Lee Airport.. to siding torn from the wall of a home, roof flashing was damaged on another in the area of the community bounded by Solomons Island Road (Route 2) and Virginia Avenue.