(NEW YORK) — Rare Tornado warnings were up most of Friday in and around Washington, D.C., with heavy winds and rain pounding the mid-Atlantic states for most of the day.
A possible tornado has touched down in Fallston, Md., a senior Maryland state official tells ABC News. Except for reports that one building has collapsed, the official says damage from the tornado was not particularly devasting.
Harford County had seen the most significant weather, but a total of six Maryland counties reported possible tornadic activity. There have also been reports of tornadoes in Raleigh Terrace, Va., at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, as well as storm damage in Merrimac Shores, Va.
The Harford County Fire EMS told ABC News affiliate WJLA that two dozen buildings, both residential and commercial, were severely damaged in Friday’s wild storms. Tree tops were wiped out, and at least two people were injured when the roof of a car dealership collapsed. One of the injured was taken to the local hospital, the other was taken to a Baltimore shock trauma unit.
Tornado watches remain in effect through midnight ET from Pennsylvania through Maryland. Damaging winds are likely from around Pittsburg to Washington, D.C. to Richmond, Va., and Raleigh and Charlotte in North Carolina. Saturday those areas can expect possible flash flooding after the rain subsides.
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