Multiple homes on Maryland's Eastern Shore were damaged by a possible tornado Sunday. Severe damage occurred to homes and vehicles in the Queen Anne's County. A violent system pounded the Eastern Shore overnight downing trees, causing power outages and leaving some residents sheltering in place.
More than 8,000 people in the county are without power as of 5:30 a.m. Monday, according to Delmarva Powe.r. It could be some time until power is restored because several major power lines were knocked down by the storm. The Bay City area was the hardest hit by the storm. Heavy rain hit the Washington and Baltimore metro areas Sunday afternoon.
Image from the affected area
Debris could be seen on the ground. An extensive command post was in place as search operations were being conducted in the Bay City area. Crews in Queen Anne's County are investigating a number of reports of damage in Stevensville. A helicopter flew over the area early Monday morning. Officials are only reporting a few minor injuries but no fatalities. Kent Island High School is used for shelter. Authorities were concerned about elderly residents who may not have access to drinking water or air conditioning. The Bay Bridge was temporarily closed overnight due to the severe weather. Drivers can expect major traffic delays in the Stevensville and Kent Island areas while cleanup takes place. City officials are waiting for the National Weather Service to arrive to confirm whether or not a tornado touched down in the area.