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The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-1 tornado touched down in the Monkton area during a storm that swept through Maryland Friday afternoon.

A NWS storm survey confirmed that the tornado began at 3:19 p.m. on Corbett Road between Monkton Farms Drive and Falls Road, and ended at 3:23 p.m. near the intersection of  Shepperd Road and MD 562/138 Troyer Road. 

The storm damage occurred along a path 100 to 150 yards wide. The damage was limited mainly to several dozen softwood trees, several of which broke and fell as a result of the winds. Numerous large limbs were scattered throughout the affected area.

No injuries were reported.

Based on the observed damage, NWS estimates maximum wind speeds of 90 mph. (EF-1 tornadoes involve wind speeds of 86 to 110 mph.) Wind speeds higher than 90 mph will cause damage to sturdy structures, including loss of shingles or siding; such damage was not observed along the path of this tornado.

Tornadoes are ranked according to the "Enhanced Fujita Scale," with EF-0 the weakest (65 to 85 mph winds) and EF-5 the most violent (more than 200 mph). 

Local Emergency Management officials remind Baltimore County residents that severe thunderstorms with tornadoes and/or damaging straight-line winds occur here occasionally and require everyone to understand tornado terminology.

A "watch" means conditions are right for tornado formation; a "warning" means rotation has been spotted on radar or a tornado has been sighted.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency provides helpful information about what to do when tornadoes threaten

Detectives from the Baltimore County Police Burglary Unit are asking for help identifying a burglary suspect in connection with at least two commercial burglaries, one in Baltimore County and one in Harford County.

This suspect struck Carroll Motor Fuels gas station and convenience store at Harford Road and Sunshine Avenue in Kingsville around 2:22 a.m. on Wednesday morning, January 23. The suspect, whose face is concealed, entered the store by shattering a window, stole cartons of cigarettes, and fled the location on foot. The suspect was caught on store surveillance video behind the store counter stealing the cigarettes.

The same suspect is believed to have committed a similar burglary in Harford County last year, on March 4, 2018, around 1 a.m. In that burglary he shattered a window and entered the Royal Farms store in the 3000 block of Jarrettsville Pike in Monkton, again stealing a number of cartons of cigarettes and fleeing on foot.

Anyone who may have additional information on these burglaries or can help identify this suspect is asked to contact Baltimore County Police Burglary Unit detectives by calling 410-307-2020, or contact the Harford County Sheriff's Office, Detective Aksomitus, at 410-836-5427 or Harford Crime Solvers at 1-888-540-8477. Callers may remain anonymous.

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A 65-year-old man and his 38-year-old son suffered serious injuries Sunday night when a makeshift fire pit exploded outside the father's Monkton home.

Fire and Police units, including BCoFD's Hazmat Unit and BCoPD's Hazardous Devices Team, were called to the 16500 block of JM Pearce Road in the Monkton area, 21111, at about 9 p.m.

An investigation by the BCoPD Hazardous Devices Team has found that four family members were sitting around a bonfire, using the drum of a washing machine as a fire pit, when the washing machine drum exploded.

Investigators said they found wood in the makeshift fire pit. Preliminary investigation shows that an unknown accelerant was used to light the fire and accidentally exploded. No foul play is involved, and no charges are expected at this time.

The two men were flown by Maryland State Police helicopter to the University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Center. Both are listed in serious condition at this time.

The younger man's wife, 33, and two-year-old daughter were transported by ground to University of Maryland Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries.

Revised October 16, 2020               
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