Erica Jones

Tornado Damaged Buildings, Uprooted Trees in Mount Airy, Weather Service Confirms

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

The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-1 tornado damaged buildings and homes and brought down hundreds of trees in the area of Mount Airy, Maryland, Friday night.

Photos showed 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.

On Saturday, the weather service confirmed a tornado caused the damage.

Another EF-1 tornado that struck a section of Baltimore and Baltimore County proved deadly. Two men died when a wall collapsed at an Amazon warehouse.

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

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