Tornado tears through Howard County

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GLENELG, Md -- Thousands of families spent Wednesday cleaning up and clearing trees, most were without power and running water after a tornado tore through Howard County, Tuesday.

The National Weather Service classified the tornado as an EF-0 and recorded wind speeds of up to 80 miles per hour. The tornado touched down around 1:30 p.m., and did damage for more than 20 minutes, knocking trees into houses and onto cars, and tangling power lines.  However, state emergency managers say thankfully no was hurt.

“We are walking away from an event like this, we have no injuries, we have no deaths and that’s a real credit to the people paying attention to local emergency management, the media and staying on top of it,” expressed Russ Strickland, Director of Maryland Emergency Management.

Wednesday, there were two water pick-up locations for thousands of families without running water: Glenelg High School and Gary J. Arthur Community Center.

Immediately following the storm, 22,000 households were without power, as of 8:45 p.m., Wednesday, 708 were without power.