ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP)- The National Weather Service is confirming that a tornado touched down in Howard County on Tuesday.
National Weather Service officials say the tornado was an EF-0, the lowest level on its tornado wind speed scale. The weather service said in a statement that the tornado had wind speeds reaching 80 miles per hour and touched down about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in western Howard County.
Meteorologists say that over about 20 minutes the tornado traveled nearly 13 miles east and uprooted trees and downed power lines. Officials said the tornado left a path of debris as wide as 500 yards.