I'm sure many folks in Howard county remember how destructive and powerful the storms were on May 23, 2019. A line of thunderstorms was rolling in from the Blue Ridge mountains and there was enough lift and instability in the atmosphere to produce a tornado that touched down in Clarksville and moved east-southeast at 40 mph. According to the National Weather Service, there was a damage path of 5.5 miles long and the tornado was on the ground for a total of 9 minutes...ending up in Columbia, Maryland. Several trees were uprooted, and a tree fell onto a roof of a house. There was also evidence of straight-line wind damage in towns that were in close proximity to the EF-1 tornado.
The good news is that there were zero fatalities, but unfortunately one person was injured.
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