NWS confirms tornado touched down in Mount Airy

    Tornado touched down in Mount Airy. (WBFF)

    MOUNT AIRY, MD (WBFF) -- The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down in Mount Airy on Friday night.

    According to officials, around 8:20 p.m., the tornado touched down in extreme Northwest Howard County, about one mile south of Interstate 70. The tornado quickly moved north of the south branch of the Patapsco into Carroll County, where multiple trees went down in the Pheasant Ridge area, south of I 70.

    The tornado then moved into the retail area of Mount Airy, where a canopy over the gas pumps at High's Dairy Store, was partially torn off and the TJ Maxx roof was lifted up and partially removed. There were also numerous trees down behind the shopping center near the Water Tower.

    The tornado also continued north, where the roofs of several outbuildings of Knills Farm Market were at least partially blown off and a Silo was destroyed. As the tornado crossed Watersville Road, it snapped several power poles, which merited the maximum wind estimate of 100 mph, along with the snapping of five pine trees at a home on Watersville Road.

    Several homes along Arrowwood Circle were affected with minor structural damage. Numerous hardwood trees were snapped along the 6000 block of Runkles Road. The last evidence of tornadic damage was seen on Gillis Falls Road where a few trees were uprooted just east of Runkles Road.

    Radar imagery from the F.A.A.'s terminal doppler weather radar showed the tornadic couplet dissipate north of Gillis Falls Road. The National Weather Service thanked the Carroll County Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management and the Carroll County Sheriff's Office for providing drone footage that supported the damage survey.

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