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07febAll DayWestminster/Manchester (Carroll County, MD)

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Start Time:  8:03 am EST 

End Time: 8:14 am EST

Rating:  EF1

Estimated Peak Winds: 90 mph

Path length: 10.3 miles

Width: 100 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries: 0

County: Carroll

State:  Maryland

Start Lat/Lon: 39.5620 / -77.0310

End Lat/Lon: 39.6610 / -76.8860


Early on Friday Feb 7th, a tornado touched down and skipped northeast across central Carroll County MD causing erratic damage.  While there was scattered tree damage across southwestern Carroll County, the first noted damage consistent with a tornado was in the Avondale Ridge community just west of Route 31 and southwest of Westminster.  Clusters of snapped and uprooted trees were noted.

From there the tornado caused intermittent damage as it traveled northeast through downtown Westminster, roughly paralleling RidgeRoad and Union Street.  Trees were uprooted and snapped, some onto cars, roads, and homes.  Additionally, roofing was blown off, and shingle and siding damage was noted from the wind.  The tornado continued up Hahn Rd and into the community along Sunshine Way, where more snapped and uprooted trees were noted, as well as residential fencing damage.  A large recreational vehicle was blown over.  On adjacent property, the National Guard Recruiting Office had tree damage. Additionally, a small military trailer was blown over.  The last known damage from this segment of the tornado was along Lucabaugh Mill Rd, about 250 yards west of Route 27/Manchester Rd.  Most of the trees along this area were heavily damaged or downed.  In addition to ground surveying, there was an eyewitness report, as well as a video of a small tornado posted to social media, both in the Westminster area. Peak estimated winds were 90 MPH based on the most heavily damaged areas.

The tornado lifted northeast of Westminster, and no damage was noted for about 4 miles until it neared Manchester MD.  Substantial tree damage, with numerous large trees uprooted and snapped were noted along Fort Schoolhouse Rd, from Albert Rill Road, to the northeast about 400 yards.  A home had a section crushed by a large falling tree.  As the tornado traveled northeast along Park Avenue, tree damage became more scattered, and no tornadic damage was noted northeast of MD Route 30 in Manchester.

Thanks to Carroll County MD Office of Emergency Management for their support of our storm survey.


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