Possible Tornado Damages Buildings, Brings Down Trees in Maryland

Storms created "three to four square miles of destruction," a fire department spokesperson said

A possible tornado damaged buildings and homes and brought down hundreds of trees in the area of Mount Airy, Maryland, Friday night.

A tornado warning was briefly in effect for parts of Prince George's, Charles and St. Mary's counties in Maryland. The warning expired at 11 p.m.

Photos show damage to the roof of a shopping center that houses a T.J. Maxx and Home Goods at 1001 Twin Arch Road in Mount Airy. One video posted to social media shows water coming into the T.J. Maxx through holes in the ceiling.

Three people had minor injuries inside of the T.J. Maxx, the Mount Airy Fire Department said. Inspectors were at the scene assessing the strength of the building.

Fire officials said three trailer homes were destroyed at a nearby trailer park. No one was hurt.

The storm also brought down hundreds of trees and created "three to four square miles of destruction," a fire department spokesperson said.

Chief Meteorologist Doug Kammerer said radar showed a tornado hit part of Mount Airy, but no warning was issued by the National Weather Service.

Amid the storms, an overturned truck stopped traffic in both directions on the Harry Nice Bridge late Friday night. The bridge connects King George County, Virginia, to Charles County, Maryland.

More than an inch of rain fell across D.C., Maryland and Virginia, the National Weather Service reported.

Sunday will be the better half of the weekend because winds will be lighter than Saturday. Expect temperatures to start out Sunday in the upper 30s and highs in the mid to upper 50s.

Rain returns to the forecast for Monday and Tuesday before we turn seasonably chilly and dry by mid-week.

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